32 missing, including 30 Iranians, in sea collision in China

32 missing, including 30 Iranians, in sea collision in China
Sun Jan 7, 2018 09:36:05

China's Ministry of Transport says 32 crew members from an Iranian oil tanker are missing after it collided with a bulk freighter and caught fire off China's eastern coast.

(AP) -- The ministry says 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis on the tanker Sanchi are unaccounted for following the collision late Saturday with the Hong Kong-registered freighter CF Crystal.

The ministry says the tanker was "completely lost to fire." The Panama-registered vessel was sailing from Iran to South Korea when it collided with the Crystal 257 kilometers (160 miles) from shore.

All 21 members of the Crystal's crew - all Chinese nationals - have been rescued.

Chinese authorities are carrying out a search and rescue effort for the missing tanker crew.


 

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