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Anti-piracy unit salvages drifting Iranian boat

By Choi Si-young

Published : Feb. 2, 2020 - 16:50

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On Feb.1, 2020, the anti-piracy Cheonghae Unit rescues an Iranian boat drifting near Oman due to fuel shortage. (Ministry of National Defense) On Feb.1, 2020, the anti-piracy Cheonghae Unit rescues an Iranian boat drifting near Oman due to fuel shortage. (Ministry of National Defense)
The Ministry of National Defense said Sunday that its anti-piracy Cheonghae Unit salvaged an Iranian boat drifting near Oman’s Muscat Port on Saturday.

The 50-ton small oil vessel named Alsohail departed from Iran two weeks ago on Jan. 18. It was low on fuel and had been drifting, when the Cheonghae Unit spotted six crew members signaling for rescue on the deck.

The unit, which has recently seen its operational range extended to cover the Strait of Hormuz near Iran, provided the Iranian vessel with fuel and food for a safe return home. The Iranian Embassy in Korea expressed gratitude for the effort.

By Choi Si-young (siyoungchoi@heraldcorp.com)