A large cargo ship carrying vehicles sank within the Persian Gulf Thursday amid treacherous seas, authorities mentioned.

The United Arab Emirates-flagged vessel, the Al Salmy 6, sank off Iran’s southern coast with 30 crew members aboard. Iranian rescue staff saved 16 of the crew and one other 11 survivors obtained onto life rafts, Capt. Nizar Qaddoura of the Dubai-based Salem Al Makrani Cargo firm mentioned.

One other particular person was retrieved from the uneven seas by a close-by tanker, however two crew members have been nonetheless within the sea, Qaddoura mentioned. Rescue efforts have been underway, however have been hampered by dangerous climate.

The cargo ship, which is longer than a soccer subject, capsized roughly 30 miles off the coast of Asaluyeh in Iran, in keeping with its Ports & Maritime Group.

Photographs confirmed the ship, which departed Dubai days earlier, tilted dramatically onto its facet at a precarious angle earlier than turning into absolutely submerged. Its crew consists of nationals from Sudan, India, Pakistan, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia, Qaddoura mentioned.

The Al Salmy 6 sank off Iran’s southern coast with 30 crew members aboard.Iran Ports Group/WANA/Handout through REUTERS

The Al Salmy 6.Iranian rescue staff saved 16 of the crew and one other 11 survivors obtained onto life rafts.Iran Ports Group/WANA/Handout through REUTERS

The Al Salmy 6.The cargo ship was carrying vehicles and is longer than a soccer subject.Iran Ports Group/WANA/Handout through REUTERS

The US Navy’s fifth Fleet, which patrols the Mideast, didn’t instantly return a request for remark, the Related Press reported.

Extreme climate descended onto the Persian Gulf Wednesday — with wind gusts exceeding 40 mph and excessive seas. Iran’s Meteorological Group issued a “pink alert” earlier this week, warning of doable impression to maritime actions by Saturday.

With Publish wires