One seafarer is missing and 25 are understood to be safe following an explosion and fire aboard the chemical tanker Stolt Valor while transitting the Persian Gulf. Two coalition warships, the US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones and Coast Guard Cutter Baranof rescued 24 crewmembers.
The John Paul Jones, assigned to Combined Maritime Forces Task Force 152, responded to a 2am distress call from Stolt Valor, operating in international waters 48 nautical miles southeast of Farsi Island, Iran.
When the John Paul Jones’s crew spotted one of two life rafts signaling with a small light and launched the ship’s rigid-hull inflatable boat to investigate, they found 16 people in the first raft and eight more in the other.
Stolt Valor’s master confirmed one crew member died during an explosion. The 24 rescued mariners were in good health and did not require medical help.