The 18 Indian crew members who were on-board the British vessel `Stena Impero` detained by Iran on July 19 are safe and doing fine, Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan said on Thursday.
Taking to Twitter, the minister said that the Central government is continuing efforts for the early release of the detained Indians.
"Received an update on `Stena Impero`. Our Embassy availed consular access today evening. All 18 Indian crew members on board are safe and doing fine. Will continue to push for their early release. @narendramodi @PMOIndia @AmitShah @DrSJaishankar @MEAIndia @VMBJP," Muraleedharan wrote.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) had seized British Oil Tanker `the Stena Impero` following a collision with an Iranian fishing boat.
However, 21 Indians are still in detention in Iran -- three from MT Riah and 18 from British oil tanker British-flagged Stena Impero.