DHAKA: Iran’s navy said on Thursday it saved an American-flagged cargo ship that was being attacked by pirates in the Gulf of Oman.
An Iranian warship responded to a distress signal from the US-flagged Maersk Texas, a cargo ship of 150m and 14,000 tonnes, which was besieged by ‘several pirate boats’, the navy said in a statement reported by the official IRNA news agency.
The cargo vessel ‘was saved by the navy of the Islamic Republic of Iran’ on Wednesday, IRNA added.
The pirates ‘fled the scene as soon as they spotted the presence’ of the warship. Maersk Texas ‘thanked the Iranian navy and sailed towards its destination safely’, it added.
It was the first time the Iranian navy protected a US ship from pirates.
Maersk had sailed from the UAE port of Fujairah, south of the Strait Hormuz at the entrance of the Gulf, and was headed for the United States.
BDST: 1836 HRS, MAY 24, 2012
Edited by Robab Rosan, Cultural Affairs Editor
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