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Dozens Missing After Iranian Tanker and Chinese Freighter Collide

7 Jan 2018 6:49 am
Associated Press 

BEIJING--An Iranian oil tanker collided with a bulk freighter and caught fire off China's eastern coast, leaving 32 crew members missing, most of them Iranians, authorities said Sunday.

The missing--30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis--are all from the tanker Sanchi, which spilled oil and was floating while still on fire early Sunday, said Chinese maritime authorities, which dispatched police vessels and three cleaning ships to the scene.

South Korean coast guard also sent a ship and an airplane to aid the search effort.

The Panama-registered tanker was sailing from Iran to South Korea when it collided with the Hong Kong-registered CF Crystal 257 kilometers (160 miles) from shore late Saturday, the Ministry of Transport said.

All 21 members of the Crystal's crew--all Chinese nationals--were rescued, the ministry said.

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the collision.

Copyright 2018 the Associated Press.

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

January 07, 2018 01:49 ET (06:49 GMT)
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