Jan 14, 2018, 10:13 PM
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Judiciary chief condoles death of seamen

Tehran, Jan 14, IRNA – Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani in a message on Sunday expressed condolences over death of the Iranian seamen, calling for probe into the incident and protecting the rights of those affected.

The message read “The tragic incident which claimed lives of the Iranian seamen grieved me.”

Condoling the Iranian nation over the disaster and expressing solidarity with the bereaved families of the victims, he called on the relevant officials to launch probe into the incident.

An Iranian oil tanker carrying gas condensates collided with a Chinese freight ship off the east coast of China on January 6, and all the 32 crew members went missing. Three bodies were later found during a rescue operation.

The 30 Iranians and the two Bangladeshi sailors on board of the tanker were unfortunately killed due to inhaling toxic gases and the huge size of the fire which engulfed the tanker since the onset of the tragic incident, Head of Ports and Maritime Organization Mohammad Rastad told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Sunday morning.

Noting that the tanker was carrying 11,510 tons of gas condensates, 1,956 tons of mazut and 118 tons of diesel, Iranian Labor Minister Ali Rabiei earlier 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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