TEHRAN (Press TV) – Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has seized a ship carrying some 250,000 liters of smuggled diesel fuel in the Persian Gulf, detaining all crew members on board.
Brigadier General Ali Ozmaei, an IRGC commander, said on Monday that the vessel, manned by 11 crew members, was detained near the Strait of Hormuz when it was smuggling the fuel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
"This boat was sailing from [Iran's] Bandar Lengeh towards the United Arab Emirates before it was seized 32 kilometers east of the Greater Tunb island in the Persian Gulf," Ozmaei said.
"The boat's 11 crew members have been handed over to legal authorities," he added, without elaborating on the nationalities of the crewmen.
State television also broadcast footage from the deck of the vessel with open hatches that showed tanks full of fuel.