The ship, ‘Meryam 4’, sank on Wednesday night while it was on its way to Zanzibar in Tanzania from the Omani port of Salalah, with its nineteen crew members. The ship was owned by al-Hufuf Maritime Co, which is based in the United Arab Emirates, but it sailed under the flag of Panama, according to media reports.
Khaleej Times reported from reliable sources that the crew members were from India, Sri Lanka, Burma and Somalia. Whereas the Associated Press website reported that the seven dead sailors included individuals from Tanzania, Borneo, Somalia and four from India.
Khaleej Times said that after getting a distress call from the vessel, Yemeni coast guard boats were dispatched to the scene. The body of a sailor was recovered early the next morning, and naval ships patrolling the area as part of a US-led anti-terrorism mission, pulled five other bodies from the water that afternoon. The rescued crew members were admitted to a hospital in Aden.
Monday, July 10, 2006