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Iranian landing vessel capsizes in Strait of Hormuz, 7 missing

A landing craft vessel capsized in the Strait of Hormuz and seven people onboard went missing, Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA) reported on Saturday.

Iranian landing vessel capsizes in Strait of Hormuz, 7 missing
27 December 2020 - 00:45

Iranian landing vessel capsizes in Strait of Hormuz, 7 missing

TEHRAN, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- A landing craft vessel capsized in the Strait of Hormuz and seven people onboard went missing, Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA) reported on Saturday.

The vessel overturned 25 miles (42.2 km) southeast of Iran's Lark Island in the Strait of Hormuz and efforts are underway to save the seven people, Esmail Makizadeh, deputy of Maritime Affairs of Iran's Hormozgan Ports and Navigation, was quoted as saying.

On Friday evening, the Hormozgan province's Marine Search and Rescue Center received a message about the emergency situation for a Landing Craft, said Makizadeh.

Immediately after receiving the message, a lifeguard vessel was sent to the area and necessary coordination were made with other Iranian maritime units as well as the passing vessels in the Strait of Hormuz, he said.

However, due to unfavorable weather conditions and darkness, the operation started from Saturday morning, and the search and rescue operators located the watercraft capsized on the southeast of Lark Island, Makizadeh was quoted as saying.

"We are trying to find the missing people by mobilizing all the facilities and forces, as well as informing the passing vessels and the search and rescue centers of Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan," he said. Enditem

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