- Hormozgan Ports and Maritime Administration Deputy Minister of Maritime Affairs said that efforts are underway
- The vessel was found overturned southeast of Lark and its seven crew members are still unknown.
- The number of victims in the mountains north of Tehran reached 11 people
Hormozgan Ports and Maritime Administration Deputy Minister of Maritime Affairs said that efforts are underway to find the overturned floating crews on Lark Island. The vessel was found overturned southeast of Lark and its seven crew members are still unknown.
“We are trying to find the missing people by mobilizing all the facilities and forces, as well as informing the passing vessels and the search and rescue centers of Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan,” said Esmail Makizadeh, deputy of Maritime Affairs of Iran’s Hormozgan Ports and Navigation.
Makizadeh, told IRNA on Saturday (December 26th) that at 18:30 on Friday a message was issued regarding the emergency situation of a 25-mile landing craft ( About 40 km southeast of Lark Island) the radio relay of a passing ship in the Strait of Hormuz has been transmitted to the Hormozgan Marine Search and Rescue Center.
According to him, after receiving this message, the 12th lifeboat from Qeshm Island started searching and rescuing the sea along with the provincial navy and passing boats in the Strait of Hormuz. The rescuer found the 12 mentioned vessels overturned in the southwest of Kuhstak and northeast of Hormuz.
Makizadeh said that search and rescue operations are continuing to find seven crew members of the vessel. Mobilization of all facilities and forces, naval search and rescue centers in Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan will be used in search and rescue operations.
Eleven Victims in the Mountains North of Tehran
According to the head of the Mountaineering Federation, the number of casualties in the mountains north of Tehran has reached 11. Hamid Masaedian said that there are still some bodies in the highlands that are to be transported down.
“We are trying to find the missing by mobilising all our facilities and forces, and informing passing vessels and the naval search and rescue centres of Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan,” Esmail Makkizadeh, deputy head of Iran’s regional maritime body, was quoted as saying by ISNA.
Mohammad Moghaddasi, commander of the Tehran Police Mountain Unit, had previously told Mehr News Agency that the number of victims in the heights of Tochal and Qaleh Dokhtar Ahar had risen to 10 and the number of wounded to seven. According to him, seven people are still missing.
According to the same report, the investigation team found the approximate location of two of them in Darabad, but the search has been postponed to Sunday, the 7th of January, due to the dark weather.
Earlier, on Saturday evening, December 26, Mehdi Valipour, head of the Red Crescent Rescue and Relief Organization, announced an increase in the number of victims to 10. Two mountaineers who lost their lives were found in Kalkchal, who, according to Mohammad Moghaddasi, could not be transported to the bottom of the mountain due to the extreme cold weather, and the operation was postponed to Sunday.