That Panama flagship was on its way to Singapore from one of the ports of Saudi Arabia with a load of methanol, and 21 of its crew jumped and saved.
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Tehran: The Iranian Navy saved 44 crew members from two oil tankers that caught fire after an "accident" in the Sea of Oman on Thursday, the official news agency IRNA reported.
"Forty-four sailors from the two foreign oil tankers who had had an accident this morning in the Sea of Oman were rescued from the water by the (marine) rescue unit of Hormozgan province and transferred to the port of Bandar-e-Jask," IRNA quoted one "informed source" as saying.
The news agency said the first accident occurred at 8:50 (0420 GMT) 25 nautical miles from Bandar-e-Jask in southern Iran.
The Marshall flag carrier carried a load of ethanol from Qatar to Taiwan, the source said. "When the ship caught fire, 23 of the crew jumped into the water and were rescued by a passing ship and handed over to the Iranian rescue unit." An hour after the first accident, the second ship caught fire at 9.50 am 28 miles from the harbor. "
That Panama flagship was en route to Singapore from one of the ports of Saudi Arabia with a load of methanol, and 21 of his crew jumped and was rescued, the source said.
The US Fifth Fleet, based in Bahrain, said its Middle Eastern ships had received emergency calls from two tankers reportedly being attacked in the Gulf of Oman. "We are aware of the reported attack on tankers in the Gulf of Oman," it said in a statement. "American naval forces in the region received two separate emergencies
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