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Explosion on Burning Oil Tanker Forces Back Rescue Teams

Chinese officials said that the Panamanian-flagged oil tanker Sanchi was already on fire when it collided with the Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship CF Crystal in the East China Sea on Saturday. Above, the Chinese ship Shen Qian Hao (foreground) sprays foam on the Sanchi on Wednesday before the arrival of firefighting crews that night. Photo: Visual China
Chinese officials said that the Panamanian-flagged oil tanker Sanchi was already on fire when it collided with the Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship CF Crystal in the East China Sea on Saturday. Above, the Chinese ship Shen Qian Hao (foreground) sprays foam on the Sanchi on Wednesday before the arrival of firefighting crews that night. Photo: Visual China

Rescue crews were forced to retreat from a burning oil tanker in the East China Sea on Wednesday after an explosion on the ship — still ablaze four days after colliding with a cargo ship.

The Panama-flagged tanker, named Sanchi, was en route from Iran to South Korea when it collided with the Hong Kong-flagged CF Crystal about 160 nautical miles (184 miles) east of the Yangtze River estuary on Saturday night, China’s Ministry of Transport said.

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