Jan 14, 2018, 5:51 PM
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Iranian sailors declared dead by China on 1st day

Tehran, Jan 14, IRNA – On the very first day of the incident, the Chinese officials told Iran that none of the Iranian sailors could be alive, chairman of the follow-up committee of the crashed Iranian oil tanker said on Sunday.

An Iranian oil tanker carrying gas condensates collided with a Chinese freight ship in East China coast on Jan 6 when all the 32 crew members went missing. Three bodies were later found during a rescue operation.

Speaking to reporters minutes after the burning Iranian tanker sank, Iranian Labor Minister Ali Rabiei said that although the Chinese had told the sailors could not be alive, the Iranian delegation was dispatched to China in a glimmer of hope and spared no effort to carry out its mission.

'We hope we could find even one or two people alive,' Rabiei said.

He said that many experts believed that all the sailors had lost their lives on the very first hour because of toxic gases.

Noting that the tanker was carrying 11,510 tons of gas condensates, 1,956 tons of mazut and 118 tons of diesel, Rabiei said that the explosion was so grave that the heat of the body of the tanker reached 900 degrees in some parts making it impossible to enter the ship.

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