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6 Indian divers found dead in Persian Gulf

world Updated: Oct 23, 2011 23:39 IST

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The bodies of six Indian divers were recovered from their diving chamber on Sunday, three days after their support vessel went down in the Persian Gulf, trapping them with limited oxygen supply.

The Iranian rescue team, looking for the missing crewmembers, had hoped to find the divers alive but their efforts ended in tragedy as they found the six Indians dead.

However, search is still on for the remaining seven crewmembers of the ship that sunk in stormy seas on Thursday with 73 people onboard. The other 60 had been rescued earlier. The Director-General of the Port and Maritime Organisation of Bushehr province, Mohammad Rastad said: “Rescue team could find the bodies of six Indian divers confined in oxygen room of the ship.” Among the 13 crewmembers onboard the ship, eight were foreigners.

The search went on for the entire night following which the rescuers found the bodies this morning. “Unluckily all the six people are dead. Transferring their bodies to tug-boat from the 72-metre depth of the sea is underway so that the bodies would be handed to the related authorities,” he said.