Burning oil tanker sinks with all 32 crew members confirmed dead

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Rescuers on Saturday recovered the bodies of two crew members of an Iranian oil tanker that's been on fire since colliding with a freighter last week in the East China Sea.

The Sanchi, owned by National Iranian Tanker Co, was carrying nearly 1 million barrels of condensate, an ultra-light crude oil, to South Korea. All 32 crew members aboard the vessel presumably died within the first hour of the incident, spokesman for Iran's rescue team Mohammed Rastad said.

Meanwhile, Iranian commando forces who have been stationed at Port of Shanghai since Thursday, have received the go-ahead to board the ablaze vessel in search of survivors.

Three bodies have been recovered, while the other 29 bodies have not been found.

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Meanwhile, China's State Oceanic Administration is expanding the range of its monitoring to "quickly ascertain the spread and drift of overflowing oil" from the boat.

The tanker, called the Sanchi, which had been adrift in the East China Sea since January 7, "suddenly ignited" around 4 am GMT (9.30 am Indian Standard Time), China Central Television said.

However, all 21 crew members on board the Chinese freighter CF Crystal were safe despite the collision.

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