A United Arab Emirates ship sank 30 miles away from Iran’s Assaluyeh port with 30 crew aboard, Iran’s official IRNA news agency said.
The crew members were wearing life vests and a helicopter had been sent on a rescue attempt, IRNA said. Iranian authorities have blamed bad weather for the ship’s sinking.
A United Arab Emirates ship sank off the coast of Iran with 30 crew aboard, authorities said.
The cargo ship Al Salmy 6 encountered rough and stormy weather, then capsized, Captain Nizar Qaddoura, operations manager of the Salem Al Makrani Cargo company, said.
Rescuers had saved 16 crew members, the captain said. Another 11 had made it onto a life raft, while one person was saved by a nearby tanker. Two crew members were still in the water, he said.
The crew consisted of nationals from Sudan, India, Pakistan, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia, Captain Qaddoura said. The vessel had been on its way to Umm Qasr, Iraq, carrying cars and other cargo, he said.
The ship was 30 miles away from Iran’s Assaluyeh port in the Gulf, Iran’s official IRNA news agency said.
Maritime authorities blamed bad weather in the Gulf for the ship’s sinking, the agency said.
The Gulf remains a major waterway for trade, ranging from cargo ships and energy shipments from the oil-rich Gulf Arab states.
It is very rare for a vessel to sink in the gulf. However, dust storms and other poor weather have swept across the region as the seasons change from relatively cold winter months to the scorching days of summer.
Severe weather swept the Gulf from Wednesday, the Iran Meteorological Organisation reported, warning of powerful wind gusts that would disrupt maritime activities in the gulf and and damage offshore facilities through Saturday.
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