Iranian friends and relatives of the oil Tanker crewmen, who were aboard it when it collided with a cargo ship off China eight days ago, react inside Iran's International Oil Tanker Central building in the capital Tehran following news of its sinking, on January 14, 2018.
A Iranian oil tanker burst into flames from end to end and sank, state media said. A Tehran official said even before news of the sinking that there was no hope of saving some 30 missing crewmen. But Chinese officials played down fears of a major environmental disaster. The Sanchi, carrying 136,000 tonnes of light crude oil from Iran, had been in flames since colliding with the CF Crystal, a Hong Kong-registered bulk freighter, on January 6.
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