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Four Iraqi sailors dead after ships collide

An aerial view of Iraq's main port of Umm Qasr, near Basra, Iraq, Dec. 18, 2016.
An aerial view of Iraq's main port of Umm Qasr, near Basra, Iraq, Dec. 18, 2016. AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani

An Iraqi ship sank on Saturday after a collision with another vessel in Iraq’s territorial waters, killing at least four sailors, Iraqi state television reported.

Diving support vessel al-Misbar had 21 sailors on board, of which 10 were rescued, the Baghdad-based channel said, citing a statement from the transportation ministry.

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The search for survivors was continuing in late hours of Saturday, it said, giving no details about the other ship involved in the collision, a bulk carrier registered in Saint Vincent, the Royal Arsenal.

Al-Misbar is owned by the Iraq’s state-run ports authority.

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