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Iran Says British-Flagged Ship Was Detained For Ignoring Warnings After A Collision

IRGC's Navy forces posing on their Fast attack craft, during President Rouhani's visit of IRGCN 1st Naval District Command center, on February 27, 2014.

IRGC-linked Fars news agency reported that the reason for the detention of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Persian Gulf was that it ignored warnings by Iranian authorities after colliding with a fishing vessel.

Fars quoted Hormozgan Port Authority Chief AllahmoradAfifipour Saturday morning July 20 as having said that the ship is currently docked at Bandar Abbas with all its crew members on board.

He said the Port Authority called in the IRGC Naval Force after the British ship ignored warnings.

Afifipour added that the ship has 18 Indian crew members and five other crew men come from Russia, the Philippines, and other countries. He said the Captain of the ship is an Indian national.

The ship was reportedly detained around 18:00 hours local time on Friday while sailing in international waters in the Strait of Hormuz.

Iranian authorities say it was "directed" into Iranian waters by a number of speedboats and a helicopter.