HMM Rescues Crew of Norwegian Tanker
South Korean shipping firm Hyundai Merchant Marine Co said in a press statement that its cargo ship, Hyundai Dubai, rescued all 23 crew members of the Norwegian oil tanker Front Altair, one of the two vessels that caught fire on suspicious attacks in the Gulf of Oman.
According to U.S. officials, the crew of the Norwegian-owned tanker Front Altair has been held by the Iranians for nearly 48 hours after they were first rescued by another merchant vessel following attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman early Thursday.
Front Altair’ encountered an explosion accident in the Strait of Hormuz, officials explained.
According to the ‘Hyundai Dubai’, the three rounds of explosion occurred at 06:40 a.m. and the captain of the ‘Front Altair’ sent the distress signal with urgency to ‘Hyundai Dubai’, which was passing nearby.
In response, ‘Hyundai Dubai’ safely rescued all 23 crew members, including the captain, at 07:54 a.m., 74 minutes after receiving the distress signal.