Iranian maritime authorities say they have launched a search operation for seven crew members of a landing craft vessel that capsized in the Persian Gulf on Friday.
An official at the local department of the Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran in the southern Iranian province of Hormozgan said on Saturday that the capsized vessel had been discovered earlier in the day in a location 25 miles (42.2 kilometers) southeast of Larak Island in the Strait of Hormuz.
“Given the unfavorable weather conditions and the darkness, the maritime rescue operation started today 26 December with more quality and quantity,” said Esmail Makizadeh.
Makizadeh would not elaborate on the causes of the incident. He said that passing vessels and rescue forces from neighboring countries had been informed about the seven missing sailors.