Three crew members died,
while a number of others were hospitalized in a gas poisoning incident
aboard the Iranian general cargo ship Nazmehr.
According to the
Azerbaijani coast guard, the vessel requested immediate assistance in the
evening hours of October 18, while it was some 21 miles off the Pirallahi
Island, Azerbaijan, in the central part of the Caspian Sea.
dispatched rescue units to assist the shipís 12 crewmembers, consisting of one
Ukrainian national and 11 Iranians.
Three sailors lost their
lives in the incident, while four others received urgent medical aid once they
were taken to port. A few hours later, the captain of the vessel requested
assistance and evacuation of another four crew members who exhibited
deterioration in their health conditions.
The captain refused to be
evacuated and was provided medical treatment on board.
The sailors were
allegedly poisoned by a chemical used to preserve a cargo of wheat aboard
Nazmehr, a spokesperson for Azerbaijanís Health Ministry informed
citing the preliminary diagnosis.