TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – On Thursday two oil tankers issued distress calls at the Gulf of Oman near the strategic strait of Hormuz. The crew from both tankers were evacuated by Iranian rescuers.

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Front Altair was carrying 75,000 tons of naphtha, a petrochemical feedstock, according to Taiwan’s state oil refiner CPC, which chartered the vessel. The vessel was on fire but afloat.

The Kokuka Courageous was damaged in an incident that breached the hull above the waterline while en route from Saudi Arabia to Singapore. The ship is safely afloat

Hormozgan Maritime Search and Rescue Centre in Southern Iran has managed to evacuate the crew of the two large oil tankers hit by two successive blasts in the Sea of Oman on Thursday morning.

Press Shia Agency has received photos and videos of the incident and rescue operation captured by Iranian Navy’s helicopter. They also include photos and videos of USS Bainbridge military ship in the area.