A stricken Iranian oil tanker that had drifted into Japan's exclusive economic zone "suddenly ignited" at noon (0400 GMT), and was in danger of capsizing "at any time", Chinese state television said on Sunday.
The tanker has been adrift and on fire for more than a week following a collision with another vessel in the East China Sea.
Stricken Iranian oil tanker keeps exploding
The stricken Iranian oil tanker Sanchi keeps exploding, hampering efforts to extinguish the fire and rescue survivors, state media Xinhua said on Friday, citing the Ministry of Transport, as the blaze raged and worries grew the ship may break up and sink.The week-long rescue effort following the tanker's collision with a freight ship on Saturday night has been roiled by poor weather, including 3-metre (10 feet) high waves and strong winds, and toxic fumes from the burning oil.Dozens of the rescue boats were forced to retreat from dousing the tanker with foam on Wednesday due to an explosion.Body found on burning Iranian oil tankerDozens missing after 2 vessels collide off China coast
Body found on burning Iranian oil tanker
The body of one crew member has been found aboard an Iranian oil tanker that is still ablaze after colliding with a grain ship off China's east coast, an Iranian official said on Monday.Mohammad Rastad, head of Iran's Ports and Maritime Organisation, was quoted as saying by ISNA news agency that the body was sent to Shanghai for identification.Rescue crews are trying to bring the blaze under control and find the 32 missing crew.Video: Search for missing crew continues after two vessels collide off east China
Dozens missing after 2 vessels collide off China coast
Thirty-two people have gone missing as two vessels collided off China's east coast Saturday evening, the Chinese ministry of transportation said.According to a statement issued by the ministry on Sunday, a cargo ship and an oil tanker collided in China's Yangtze River's estuary at around 8.00. pm. local time (1200GMT).All 21 Chinese crew of the cargo ship was rescued. The 32 crew members of the Iranian oil tanker which caught fire following the collision are missing.Thirty Iranians and two Bangladeshis are among the missing crew members, the statement added.According to local media, Chinese authorities sent eight vessels for search and rescue efforts while South Korea dispatched a coast guard ship and an aircraft to help in tracking the missing people.