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Seven dead off Yemen as rocket sinks Iranian ship

Seven dead off Yemen as rocket sinks Iranian ship

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A small Iranian general cargo vessel was hit on Wednesday night by a rocket off the Yemen coast with seven Pakistani seafarers killed. An eighth man was able to swim to shore.

The Jouya 8 was en route from Egypt to Dubai when it was attacked. The ship exploded and sank with only the chief officer able to jump into the sea and escape the inferno.

Earlier this month at least six Pakistani sailors were killed when their ship was bombed by Saudi jets off the Mokha coast in the Yemeni province of Ta’izz.

Growing fears of attacks in the area has seen the UK deploy its most advanced warship off the coast of Yemen.

With a Teekay LNG carrier and a number of naval ships coming under attack in recent weeks and concern growing that terrorists are planning more suicide attempts in the narrow Bab al-Mandeb Strait, the HMS Daring was sent last month to help commercial ships transit the area.

The strait links the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden.

Kevin Doherty from Nexus Consulting told Splash last month there is a significant risk to all ships around Yemen from rockets, and that risk seems to be indiscriminate, being fired at any ship of opportunity.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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3 Comments

  1. Edward
    December 23, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Sam,
    Not wishing to be picky, but if that is HMS Daring then it has been blown up. :-O

    1. Grant Rowles
      Grant Rowles
      December 23, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      Ha, well spotted Edward 🙂

      We originally had a pic of the Daring but managed to source a shot of the actual vessel!

  2. R. Knight
    December 24, 2016 at 10:16 am

    I hope Daring has a tug standing by!