Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Iranian teams have rescued 14 crew members on board a Panamanian commercial vessel that caught fire in waters near the port of Bushehr. After the Absosal, loaded with paper and computer equipment, caught fire and sent out a call for help, a rescue operation was mounted by the Marine Rescue Coordination Center and the crew were evacuated to safety.Immediately after receiving the distress signal, three boats were dispatched to the scene of the incident, Head of Marine Protection at Iran's Ports and Shipping Organization, Mohammad-Reza Qaderi, said. Qaderi said that all the crew members were rescued and taken to the port of Bushehr, south of Iran. According to the latest information the ship is sinking in the Persian Gulf.