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Emirati cargo ship sinks off Iran's southern coast

A ship is pictured off the coast of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates on April 14, 2021. - An Israeli-operated ship was attacked off the UAE opposite the Iranian coast, Israeli media said, in the latest apparent escalation between the Jewish state and the Islamic republic. Security sources, quoted by Israel's Channel 12 television, said the vessel Hyperion Ray was "lightly damaged" near the Emirati port of Fujairah, with Iran suspected of carrying out the attack. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP) (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images)
A ship is pictured off the coast of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates on April 14, 2021 [GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images]

An Emirati-flagged cargo ship carrying cars has reportedly sunk off the coast of Iran's Assaluyeh port in the southern Bushehr province, Anadolu News Agency reports.

According to the local port authority, the heavily loaded cargo sunk early on Thursday, 30 miles from the Assaluyeh port, situated on the southern coast of the Persian Gulf.

A team was immediately dispatched to rescue the 30-member crew onboard the ship, Anadolu Agency learned.

Assaluyeh Port is situated 300 km east of Bushehr province, and approximately 100 km from the South Pars gas field.

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Local maritime authorities blamed "unfavourable weather and strong winds" for the incident, state media said.

The crew members were reportedly wearing life jackets at the time of the incident.

The search and rescue operation for the crew was under way at the time of filing this report.

Hours before the boat sinking incident, a 6 magnitude earthquake had struck neighbouring Hormozgan province.

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