Source: Fars News Agency
Seventeen people died in a ship sinking incident off the Iranian coasts in the Persian Gulf. Nine bodies have been recovered and five survivors have been rescued from a passenger vessel that sank off the Iranian coast with 22 people aboard.
Rescue officials said they feared most of those on board had been trapped inside the boat when it capsized and sank in bad weather while sailing from the island of Hormuz to Bandar Abbas on Saturday evening.
The boat sank Saturday evening while sailing between Hormuz Island and the port city of Bandar Abbas on the mainland.
The boat began its 11-mile (18-kilometer) journey despite a travel ban on light boats by shipping authorities, due to a storm with winds of 50 mph (80 kph).
Some media reports said that the boat had run out of fuel and was tossed about in heavy winds before capsizing. The strong wind also hampered the rescue effort, it said.
Every day dozens of passenger boats travel between Bandar Abbas and nearby islands near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, some 670 miles (1070 kilometers) South of the capital Tehran.
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