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Ten Iranian sailors die in Persian Gulf storm

Khorramshahr, Khuzestan prov, Dec 6, IRNA -- Ten Iranian sailors died when their wooden fishing boat was caught up in a severe storm in the Persian Gulf on Saturday night.

An informed source in this provincial port city told IRNA on Monday just one of the 11 men on board survived when the boat ran into difficulties between Dubai and Iran's southwestern city of Khorramshahr.

Jafar, born in Abadan (Khuzestan province), was the only survivor of the incident and is now undergoing hospitalization.

Seven of the dead sailors' bodies have been recovered.

The source said the victims had been on water for 30 hours and no rescue services were possible due to disruptions in communication.

At least 11 fishing and trade boats sank between Arvand waterway and northern Persian Gulf waters because of technical faults and inclement weather this year.

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