According to IRNA, thick smoke and continuing
blaze at the ship's board as made it impossible for the Iranian salvagers to
enter the tanker that was
still blazing a week after it caught fire and was left adrift following a
collision in the East China Sea.
IRNA said the temperature on the burning
ship was around 350 degrees centigrade, not bearable to board on the ship by salvagers.
Iran sent a team of army rangers to the
scene of the incident to help rescue and firefighting efforts.
A Chinese salvage team recovered two
bodies on Saturday from Sanchi which was carrying nearly a million barrels of
gas condensate, ultra light crude oil, from Iran to South Korea.
The body of a mariner suspected to be from
the ship was recovered on Monday and sent to Shanghai for identification,
Reuters reported. The rest of the crew, which included 30 Iranians and two
Bangladeshis, remains missing.
The salvage team 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, Xinhua said.