Two sailors die as ship capsizes off Yemen coast
The vessel sank while it was on its way to Zanzibar in Tanzania from Salalah in Oman with 19 crew members.india Updated: Jul 07, 2006 19:40 IST
Two Indians were among the six sailors killed when a freight ship owned by a UAE company sank off the Yemeni island in Socotra in the Indian Ocean due to bad weather.
The vessel sank on Thursday night while it was on its way to Zanzibar in Tanzania from Salalah in Oman with 19 crew members.
"Among the victims four were identified as two Indian nationals and two Burmese while the rest were unidentified. We did not get the names of the crew members," shipping sources said.
At least thirteen sailors were rescued, they said.
The ship is managed by Hufoofa Cargo and Clearing Company based in Dubai.
The vessel sank near Socotra, a Yemeni island which lies about 270 kilometres northeast of the Somalian tip of Africa and 960 kilometres east of the Yemeni port of Aden.
It was carrying a cargo of around 5,000 tonnes of Omani cement and was on a trip from Salalah to Zanzibar when it drifted off in bad weather and ran aground about 30 nautical miles off the Yemeni island of Abdul -- Kori.
Yemeni coast guard boats were despatched to the scene after getting a distress call from the vessel.