Having loaded a 340,000 ton cargo of Iranian crude at Kharg Island
for France, the 357,100 dwt Saudi Arabian steam tanker
Safina al Arab was proceeding southwards down the Gulf
when she was struck by an Exocet missile
that had been fire from an Iraqi warplane
about 100 miles NNE of Bahrain in late 27.40N, long 751.17E
on April 25, 1984.
The missle struck No 11 starboard tank,
causing an immediate explosion and fire.
One Filipino crewman died.
Withe the fire spreading,
the 26 surviving crew members abandoned ship
in gale force weaterh conditions,
but they all safely taken on board other vessels.
Some 10,000 tons of oil
was reported to have been spilled
from her ruptured tank before she was taken in tow,