> Rescue workers scrambling to tame the flames rising from an Iranian tanker on Monday. Still burning for a second day after it collided with a cargo ship off China's east coast. The U.S. Navy has joined the search for 31 crew members still missing, along with China and South Korea.
Iranian officials say one body was found aboard the tanker, and sent to Shanghai to be identified. And while crew aboard the cargo ship were safe and accounted for, as Reuters' Brenda Goh reports, search and rescue for the Iranian tanker's crew remains a challenge.>> Concerns are growing over rescue efforts, because the ship is still on fire since the incident happened on Saturday evening.
Bad weather on Sunday night made it difficult for crew to get to the burning ship. And toxic fumes from the burning oil also posed a risk to the crews handling the rescue mission.>> The tanker was sailling from Iran to South Korea, carrying 136 metric tons of oil condensate, an ultra-light and volatile form of crude that's worth about 69 million dollars at today's prices, and it points to the potential for a historic spill.
>> We do not yet know what caused the collision, and the extent of the environmental damage, or the size of the oil spill is not yet known. But some say it could the worst since 1991 when an incident off the Angolan coast caused 200,000 barrels of oil to be spilled.
>> And it may be more difficult to contain this disaster if it grows worse. Condensate is colorless, highly toxic and more explosive than normal crude oil. China, Japan, and South Korea share the East China Sea and are on alert for any developing slick headed to their shores.