Burning oil tanker sinks with all 32 crew members confirmed dead

Chinese rescuers find two bodies on burning oil tanker

Chinese rescuers find two bodies on burning oil tanker

The Panama-registered Iranian oil tanker, Sanchi, with 32 crew members on board, caught on fire after colliding with a Hong Kong cargo ship on January 6, 160 nautical miles (296 km) from China's east coast.

All 32 sailors on board an oil tanker that sank after burning for a week have been confirmed dead.

The Sanchi, owned by National Iranian Tanker Co, was carrying nearly 1 million barrels of condensate, an ultra-light crude oil, to South Korea.

Thirteen ships, including one from South Korea and two from Japan, were engaged in the rescue and cleanup effort Saturday, spraying foam in an effort to extinguish the fire.

Three of the bodies of the more than 30 crew aboard have been recovered. The Hong Kong-based vessel's 21 crew members were evacuated.

"There is no hope of finding survivors among the members of the crew", he said.

The salvage team also recovered the voyage data recorder, or black box, from the bridge, before leaving the vessel less than half an hour after boarding because the wind had shifted and "thick toxic smoke" had complicated the operation.

The network said rescuers were prevented from entering the crew living quarters by temperatures as high as 192 degrees.