Burning oil tanker sinks off China after one week

The Sanchi had been burning for more than a week since the collisionImage copyright
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The Sanchi had been burning for more than a week since the collision

An oil tanker burning in the East China Sea for more than a week has finally sunk, Chinese media say.

The Sanchi and a cargo ship collided 260km (160 miles) off Shanghai on 6 January, with the tanker then drifting south-east towards Japan.

Iranian officials now say all 32 crew members – 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis – on the tanker are dead.

The tanker was carrying 136,000 tonnes of ultra-light crude but Chinese officials say there is no major slick.

China Central Television said that the Sanchi had gone down after “suddenly igniting” around noon (04:00 GMT).

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Media captionBodies were airlifted off the tanker on Saturday

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