Sirous Kianersi, NITC managing
director, said on Monday that rescue operations for finding the missing crew of
the tanker still continue, adding 3 fireboats have been dispatched to the spot
to help firefighting operations.
Rescuers attempting to reach
the crew of 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis were being beaten back by toxic
clouds and intense fires which hamper rescue operations, he added.
Kianersi further said that
two NITC vessels together with another one belonging to the Islamic Republic of
Iran Shipping Lines have been dispatched to the scene to help search
He said so far the body of
one of the crew member has been found but he has not been identified as his
face has been ruined by the blaze but measures are being taken to identify the
"The found body was
wearing a life jacket which shows the crew have had enough time to use such
36 hours after the incident,
the oil tanker was ablaze off the Chinese coast and is at risk of exploding.
A huge fire was still raging
around the stricken ship, which had been carrying 136,000 tonnes of light oil,
or about 1m barrels, with fierce heat and thick black smoke billowing from the
vessel and the surrounding sea.
The accident happened on
Saturday evening 160 nautical miles (300km) east of Shanghai.