Iranian cargo ship sinks off Iraqi coast, two die

TEHRAN (XINHUA) – An Iranian cargo ship sank off the Iraqi coast on Thursday night, Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) announced yesterday.

“The ship, which was carrying ceramic and constructional materials to Iraq’s Umm Qasr Port and had left (Iran’s southwestern port city of) Khorramshahr on Tuesday, sank last night in the Khor Abdullah maritime canal,” Director-general of Iran’s Bushehr Province’ Ports and Maritime Department Nourollah Asadi was quoted as saying by Tehran Times daily yesterday.

In the incident, two crew members died, four were rescued, and some others are missing, PMO Director for Marine Safety Nader Pasandeh, told semi-official Mehr news agency yesterday.

Operations are underway to find the missing crew, he said.