Ground Report | New Delhi: UAE ship Iran; A United Arab Emirates ship has sunk off the coast of Iran with 30 crew members on board, Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported. The agency said the vessel was 30 miles from Iran’s port of Assaluyeh in the Persian Gulf.
Maritime authorities blamed the bad weather for the sinking of the vessel, IRNA said.
A local official reportedly said the crew members were wearing life jackets and a helicopter was dispatched for a rescue attempt.
The head of the Maritime Safety and Protection Department at the General Department of Ports and Maritime Affairs in Bushehr Governorate said: “An Emirati tanker ship sank 30 miles from Asalouyeh an hour ago, and a search operation was launched for 30 crew members.”
In an interview with the Iranian Islamic Republic News Agency, Thursday, Hajjah Khosravi said that two tow trucks were sent to the scene along with the Asalouyeh boat, as the Emirati ship sank before its arrival due to unfavourable weather conditions and strong winds. Khosravi said: Now lifeboat 18 has sunk on its way to reach the ship to rescue the passengers.
Khosravi continued: Given that there are 30 passengers on the Emirati ship on the water with life jackets, a request for a helicopter has been submitted to the relevant authorities, including the Pars Energy Special Economic Zone, as soon as possible.
Head of the Maritime Safety and Protection Department at the General Department of Ports and Maritime Affairs in Bushehr Governorate said: “More additional information in this regard will be provided soon.”