The sinking of an Emirati ship heading to the Iraqi coast
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The minister said in a statement today, that the Emirati ship (Salmi/6) sank at dawn today, Thursday, March 17, 2022, outside Iraqi territorial waters, specifically when approaching the Qatari North Field.
According to the minister, the ship "was on board a crew of 30 sailors of different nationalities, while it was sailing in volatile weather conditions on its way from Dubai port to Umm Qasr port."
He also indicated that Iranian rescue ships had headed to the scene of the accident to search for and retrieve the survivors.
Intensive follow-up is being carried out by the Memac Center in the Kingdom of Bahrain to coordinate between Iran, Qatar and the US fleet in the Persian Gulf basin, according to the minister.
And the official media in Tehran reported Thursday that an Emirati cargo ship sank in the Gulf waters off the coast of Iran, and the Iranian authorities are working to rescue its 30-person crew.
"An Emirati cargo ship carrying cars sank at a distance of about 50 km off Asalouyeh" in the Bushehr Governorate (southwest), and a search operation has begun to rescue its 30 crew members, according to a local official in the field of Maritime and port safety.
In turn, Nizar Qaddoura, director of operations at Salem Al-Makrani Shipping Company, confirmed to The Associated Press that the ship "Salmi 6" sank Thursday off Iran.
He said rescuers rescued 16 crew members, 11 others reached a lifeboat, while a nearby tanker rescued one person. Two crew members are still in the water. Iranian state media said that Iranian rescuers were trying to rescue them from the sea.
Kaddoura added that the crew consists of citizens from Sudan, India, Pakistan, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia.
He explained that the ship was on its way to the port of Umm Qasr in Iraq, with cars and other cargo on board
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