Iran says 29 out of 30 Crew Rescued from Stricken UAE-Flagged Ship

Iran on Thursday said it has rescued 29 of the 30 crew members of a United Arab Emirates cargo ship that sank in rough seas off its Gulf coast.

Bushehr province Director-General of Crisis Management, Jahangir Dehghani said that twenty-nine crew members have so far been saved, and rescue operations are continuing to find the last one.

“Two Iranian rescue vessels were present at the scene of the accident and meteorologists reported wind speeds of 70 kilometers per hour,” Dehghani told IRNA.

On early Thursday, Capt. Nizar Qaddoura, the operations manager of the Dubai-based Salem Al Makrani Cargo company said that the Al Salmy 6 encountered rough and stormy weather, then sank off.

Qaddoura said that the crew consisted of nationals from Sudan, India, Pakistan, Uganda, Tanzania, and Ethiopia.

The vessel had been on its way to Umm Qasr, Iraq, carrying cars and other cargo, according to Qaddoura.

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