Updated: 03/05/2014 10:08 | By Agence France-Presse

Australia rescues 13 shipwrecked Iranians off Pakistan

An Australian warship has rescued 13 Iranians shipwrecked off Pakistan on its way to the Middle East to join an international force conducting counter-terrorist and anti-piracy operations, officials said Wednesday.

Australia rescues 13 shipwrecked Iranians off Pakistan

Australian long-range escort frigate HMAS Darwin enters Sydney Harbour on October 4, 2013 - by Greg Wood

HMAS Darwin came across the men on Saturday, clinging to wreckage after their boat was struck by an unknown vessel and sank.

They claimed to have been adrift for five days in international waters.

"HMAS Darwin launched a rigid hull inflatable boat, provided food, water, minor medical care and safety to the shipwrecked men," Australia's department of defence said.

The ship stayed with the fishermen until a Pakistani vessel, MSS Nusrat, arrived and took them to shore.

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