Managing director of the National
Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) Sirus Kianersi told IRNA that the bodies were
found on Saturday morning, adding the Chinese rescue and firefighting teams had
to halt their operations due to emission of toxic gasses and lack of oxygen in
the vicinity of the still-burning tanker.
The identity of the persons is not clear yet, Hadi Haghshenas from Iran's Ports and Maritime Organization said, adding the bodies are being transported to Shanghai for identity check.
Kianersi said the rescue teams entered the tanker at about 8:30 local time but could stay in the tanker for only half an hour and had to retreat to a
The stricken Iranian oil
tanker has now drifted into Japan's economic zone and continuous explosions
hamper rescue efforts.
The ship has been ablaze for
almost a week since it collided with another vessel on Saturday night in the
East China Sea, was about 286 km (178 miles) northwest of Sokkozaki on the
island of Amami Oshima.
Iran has send a team of army rangers to the zone to contribute to the search and rescue efforts.
The tanker Sanchi, owned by NITC,
Iran’s top oil shipping operator, was carrying 970,000 barrels of condensate, an
ultra-light, highly flammable crude oil, to South Korea.