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2022-May-17  12:00

Omani Vessel Rescued by Iranian Naval Forces

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian naval forces rescued the crew of an Omani vessel in the Northern parts of the Sea of Oman.

The crew of an Omani launch that had been stranded in the North of the Sea of Oman and off the strategic Makran coast due to a technical defect were rescued by an Iranian Navy's fleet of warships, the Iranian Navy’s Public Relations Department said.

The vessel was in trouble in international waters when the Iranian naval team patrolling in international waters around the coastal zone received a distress call and was dispatched to the area, it added.

The Iranian naval team rescued the launch and its crew members.

Given the severe damage that the Omani vessel's propulsion system had sustained, an Iranian Navy’s tugboat towed the ship to Makran coast, and handed it over to Iranian coastal guards.

The development came only a few days after Iranian naval forces prevented pirates from hijacking one of the country’s merchant ships sailing in the Gulf of Aden.

The Iranian Navy announced last week that its forces foiled a pirate attack against a merchant ship sailing in the Gulf of Aden which had come under attack by unidentified pirates.

The pirates were later forced to flee following an exchange of fire with forces of the Iranian Navy's 80th fleet.

The vessel is now sailing safely to its designated destination thanks to the timely action by the Navy’s escort team.

In line with international efforts against piracy, the Iranian Navy has been conducting patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008, safeguarding merchant containers and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran or other countries.

Iran’s Navy has managed to foil several attacks on both Iranian and foreign tankers during its missions in international waters.

Currently, the 80th naval fleet of the Islamic Republic of Iran, including Alborz destroyer and Bushehr naval escort ship, are operating in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden for convoy of vessels including merchant ships and oil tankers.