News ID: 208250
Published: 0641 GMT January 17, 2018

Iran Embassy in Tokyo opens memorial book for tanker victims

Iran Embassy in Tokyo opens memorial book for tanker victims

The Embassy of Iran in Tokyo said it has opened a memorial book to commemorate the sailors of the Sanchi oil tanker who lost their life in a crash fire accident.

As a sign of mourning the death of 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshi nationals, Iran's flag at Iranian Embassy in Tokyo has been flown at half-mast on Tuesday and Wednesday, IRNA reported.

The statement of the embassy said the memorial book will be open on Tuesday and Wednesday.

An Iranian tanker carrying gas condensates collided with a Chinese freight ship in East China coast on January 6, and all the 32 crew members went missing. Three bodies were later found during a rescue operation.

The 30 Iranians and the two Bangladeshi sailors, who were crew members, had been reportedly killed due to inhaling toxic gases. The size of the fire and the volume of smoke hampered the rescue mission and made it impossible to approach the vessel.

The tanker which was carrying 11,510 tons of gas condensates, 1,956 tons of mazut and 118 tons of diesel sank completely in China Sea on Sunday.

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