Oil Tanker Collides with Cargo Ship, 32 People Missing

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In a deadly incident, an oil tanker collided with a cargo ship in China leaving 32 people missing in the sea.

What happened?

The oil tanker ‘Sanchi’ collided with a cargo ship, ‘CF Crystal’, in the east coast of China. The tanker loaded with 1,36,000 tonnes of oil worth $60 million, caught fire after the collision.

It was en route to Daesan in South Korea from Kharg Island in Iran. The cargo vessel was carrying 64,000 tonnes of grain from US to Guangdong province in the southern China.

Thirty two people missing

The collision resulted in the missing of thirty two people while another twenty people were rescued alive.

The missing crew members were 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis from the Panama-registered vessel.

Tanker on fire

The oil tanker caught fire and huge smoke plumes were reported at the ship deck. The tanker was leaking oil in the sea and the officials are taking measures to control the situation.

Poor weather condition in the vicinity, and smoke from the tanker hampered rescue operation.

Eight Chinese ships are deployed for the search-and-rescue mission. South Korea has also sent a coast guard ship and a helicopter to support the relief operations.

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