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Iranian cargo ship sinks off UAE, crew rescued

UAE coastguards airlift crew off sinking ship Friday, downed by bad weather

AFP , Saturday 29 Dec 2012
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An Iranian cargo ship sank in United Arab Emirates waters due to rough weather. Its crew of six was airlifted to safety by a rescue helicopter, the Gulf News newspaper reported Saturday.

The Al-Jasourah went down Friday some 10 nautical miles off the coast of the northern emirate of Umm Al-Quwain soon after it had left the neighbouring emirate of Sharjah, said Gulf News.

Responding to a distress call, the emirati coastguard deployed a helicopter to airlift the all-Iranian crew to safety, it said. The size of the ship and the nature of its cargo were unknown.

The meteorological service in the United Arab Emirates had previously warned of high winds affecting coastal areas of the Gulf state for several days.

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