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    A rescue ship works to extinguish the fire on the stricken Iranian oil tanker Sanchi in the East China Sea, on January 10, 2018 in this photo provided by Japan’s 10th Regional Coast Guard

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    Earlier, near the shores of China, not far from Shanghai, an Iranian tanker collided with a Chinese ship. Previously, rescuers had found the bodies of two sailors from the Iranian tanker SANCHI.

    The SANCHI tanker was transporting 140,000 tons of gas condensate when it collided with the Hong Kong CF Cristal cargo ship, 290 kilometers east of the Yangtze River in the East China Sea. After that, the tanker, caught fire, with 32 people on board. The Hong Kong-based vessel's 21 crew members were evacuated.

    On January 11, an explosion occurred on the tanker.

    There are 13 vessels near where the collision took place, including two Japanese ships and a South Korean one.

    READ MORE:Two Bodies Recovered From Burning Iranian Oil Tanker in East China Sea — Reports

    A representative of the Iranian Ministry of Oil said that the tanker, leased by the Korean company Hanwha TOTAL Co, transported condensate belonging to the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC).

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