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Kerala Sailors Among 18 Indians in Seized British Tanker, Pinarayi Vijayan Asks MEA to Ensure Safety

The crew of the tanker is made up of 18 Indians, including the captain, three Russians, a Latvian and a Filipino.

Updated: July 21, 2019 7:57 PM IST

By India.com News Desk | Edited by Kunal Gaurav

Kerala Sailors Among 18 Indians in Seized British Tanker, Pinarayi Vijayan Asks MEA to Ensure Safety
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan - File Photo

New Delhi: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today wrote to Minister of External Affairs S. Jaishankar regarding the safety of Indians, including four people from Kerala, who were onboard the British Oil Tanker seized by Iran Revolutionary Guards in the Strait of Hormuz.

Pinarayi Vijayan in the letter said that he has learnt with great concern from media reports that crew of British Oil Tanker seized by Iran Revolutionary Guards in the Strait of Hormuz comprise Indians and he also understands that the ministry is making interventions in the matter.

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“I request that all possible efforts to ensure the safety of the crew be made and the relevant details of persons may be shared with state govt so that their family members can be contacted & we can be of help in their hour of crisis,” wrote Vijayan

Earlier today, the head of the Ports and Maritime Organisation of Iran told Iranian state TV that all 23 crew members of the seized British oil tanker ‘Stena Impero’ are safe and in good health.

The crew of the tanker is made up of 18 Indians, including the captain, three Russians, a Latvian and a Filipino.

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) seized the British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz for “failing to respect the international maritime rules while passing through the strait.”

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