Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 December 2014

'17 die' as boat capsizes off Iran

Iranian workers transport a victim of a capsized boat to an ambulance, at the port city of Bandar Abbas (AP)
Iranian workers transport a victim of a capsized boat to an ambulance, at the port city of Bandar Abbas (AP)

Seventeen people have died after a storm capsized a passenger boat off Iran's southern coast, the country's official news agency is reporting.

The report by IRNA said the boat sank on Saturday evening while sailing between Hormuz Island and port city of Bandar Abbas on the mainland. Rescue teams saved five passengers, the report said.

It said the boat began its 11-mile journey despite a travel ban on light boats by shipping authorities, due to a storm with winds of 50mph.

Every day dozens of passenger boats travel between Bandar Abbas and nearby islands near the strategic Strait of Hormuz 1,300 miles south of the capital Tehran.

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