Iranian Cargo Ship Sinks off Iraqi Coast

Iranian ship sinks
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An Iranian cargo ship named Behbahan, en route from the southern Iranian port of Khorramshahr to Iraq’s Umm Qasr Port capsized and sank off the Iraqi coast as per Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO).

Behbahan, a 48-metres long vessel, sank in the early hours of Friday, north of Persian Gulf and in the southeast of Umm Qasr Port, Iraq’s only deep water port.

The director-general of Iran’s Bushehr Province’ Ports and Maritime Department, said, “The ship, which had left Iran’s southwestern port Khorramshahr on Tuesday transporting ceramic and constructional materials to Iraq’s Umm Qasr Port, sank in the Khor Abdullah maritime canal between Iraq and Kuwait.”

As per Iranian officials, there were seven crew members onboard, out of which one has reportedly died and four have been rescued. Two people including an Indian national are still unaccounted for.

Search & rescue operations are still in progress.


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