The Iranian general cargo ship Jouya 8 sank after being hit by rocket in Red Sea off Yemen coast. Following the attack, seven Pakistani crew died or went missing, while only one seaman swam to the shore and rescued himself. The vessel was en route from Egypt to Dubai, but when passing through the Red Sea, was fired by rocket missile near the port of Hodeidah. The attack probably came from boat or jet near the Yemeni coast, which is controlled by Houthi militia. The vessel was on several miles from the shore, but one of the crew succeeded to swim and reach the shore, but on the territory of Yemen, which is controlled by rebels. The survivor was identified as Kabir Khadim, who is in Hodeidah port.
“The fate of other seven Pakistani crew members is still unknown”, said Syed Mohammad Ahmed, official of Arabian Marine Services, which is the manning agent of the Iranian vessel. “It was a minute and a half call and the quality of voice was very bad so I don’t have more details”, added he.
The accident was reported to the Pakistan Navy and local authorities. The investigation is under way, but there is no clear information about the development of the situation.
The general cargo ship Jouya 8 (IMO: 8844696) has overall length of 56.90 m, moulded beam of 10.00 m and maximum draft of 3.50 m. The deadweight of the vessel is 699 DWT and the gross tonnage is 199 GRT. The ship was built in 1990 by KJamishima Shipbuilding in Osakikamijima, Japan. The vessel is operating under the flag of Iran.