Iran Rescues 21 Crew Members from Capsized Tanker in Middle East Gulf

Iranian authorities successfully rescued 21 seafarers from a capsized tanker in the Middle East Gulf. The crew members, believed to be Sri Lankan, were picked up by Iranian vessels near Bandar-e-Jask. The tanker was carrying oil at the time of the incident, but its size remains unknown. Storms in the region have caused disruptions in key energy transport corridors.
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Iranian authorities have rescued 21 crew members from a capsized tanker in the Middle East Gulf. The Sri Lankan seafarers were picked up by Iranian vessels from an unnamed Cook Islands-flagged ship foundering in a storm 50 km off the port of Bandar-e-Jask. The rescue operation was carried out by Jask’s rescue and relief vessel, with five crew members requiring medical attention but reported to be in good physical condition.

The tanker, reported to be carrying oil at the time, capsized in stormy weather in the Sea of Oman and the Strait of Hormuz. The incident occurred near Bandar-e-Jask, where storms have caused flooding in neighboring countries like the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. This rescue comes amidst heightened tensions in the region, with Iran recently seizing a container ship managed by MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company and other foreign tankers in response to US actions over Iranian oil and conflicts in the Middle East.

The capsized tanker is the latest in a series of incidents involving seized ships in the region, including the MSC Aries and three foreign tankers. The Iranian authorities have been actively involved in maritime operations in response to escalating tensions and stormy weather conditions in the Middle East Gulf. The rescue of the 21 crew members highlights the ongoing challenges faced by seafarers in the region and the critical role played by Iranian authorities in ensuring their safety.

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