The Cyprus motor tanker Amethyst,
which had loaded crude oil at Kharg,
was attacked by an Iraqi warplane
when only six hours sailing south of Kharg Is
in lat 28.02N, long 50.30E at about 6:35 am
on August 24 1978.
The missile struck No 6 starboard tank,
causing an immediate explosion and fire
in both Nos. 6 and 7 tanks
and the accommodationa and engine room
that resulted in the death on one Filipino crew memebr.
Blazing oil begain pouring into the sea
from the ruptured tank as tugs arrived on the scene
to pick up the surviving 33 crew.