News ID: 209966
Published: 0547 GMT February 14, 2018

Bodies of three oil tanker victims flown to Tehran for funeral

Bodies of three oil tanker victims flown to Tehran for funeral

Three out of 32 dead bodies of crew members discovered from the sunken Sanchi tanker arrived in Iran's Imam Khomeini International Airport early on Wednesday.

Family members of the victims and a number of the Iranian officials were present in the airport, IRNA reported.

The funeral procession of the three dead sailors of the January 6 Sanchi incident will be held on Friday.

Sanchi, the Iranian oil tanker carrying over 136,000 tons of gas condensates, collided with a Chinese freight ship in East China coast on January 6 and exploded. Bodies of only three out of 32 members of the crew, two of whom were Bangladeshi, have been found before the tanker sank on January 14.

According to reports, the Iranian sailors were killed due to inhaling toxic gas and the huge fire, which occurred from the outset of the collision and hindered rescue operation.

The black box of the Iranian sunken oil tanker was opened on January 24 in the presence of representatives from the involved countries.

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