According to the agency, there were 12 crew members on board the ship, and the ship itself carried a cargo of smuggled oil. Details of the incident are not given by the agency. At the same time, other Iranian media, Tasnim and Press TV clarify that the foreign tanker was transporting 1 million barrels (bar. - 159 liters) of oil and was detained on July 14, 2019 by patrol boats south of the island of Larak.
It should be noted that on July 11, 2019, the American CNN disseminated information that 5 IRGC military boats were chasing a British tanker in the Persian Gulf, trying to stop it. At the same time, the tanker was accompanied by the frigate of the Royal Navy of Great Britain, which sent guns to Iranian boats.
This was allegedly an attempt to revenge the Iranians for the operation of the British special forces in the Strait of Gibraltar on July 4, 2019, when the supertanker Grace 1, who was transporting oil from Iran to Syria, around Africa was detained (captain and old officer were detained). At the same time, the Iranian side denied the CNN report "about a flock of boats chasing a tanker."