An oil tanker wanted by the U.S. for allegedly circumventing sanctions on Iran has been hijacked – and is now anchored off the coast of the Islamic Republic, a seafarers organization says.
The Dominica-flagged MT Gulf Sky, as of Wednesday, is located in Iranian waters near Hormuz Island, according to TankerTrackers.com.
David Hammond, the CEO of the United Kingdom-based group Human Rights at Sea, told the Associated Press that the captain of the ship said to him it was hijacked July 5 off the coast of the United Arab Emirates.
Hammond added that 26 of the Indian sailors on board had made it back to India, while two remained in Tehran, without elaborating.
“We are delighted to hear that the crew are safe and well which has been our fundamental concern from the outset,” he said.
Details about the hijacking were not immediately available.