31 Sailors Rescued After 2 Ships Collide Off UAE

By Accidents

A ship with flag of Sri Lanka has sunk in incident involving another ship off the coast of UAE. 31 people of both vessels have been rescued. No injuries were reported.  

The 2 vessels collided at around 3.30 am today only 9 NM off the coast. Rescue teams have been sent immediately to save the crew members in trouble.

"One of the ships with a Sri Lankan flag was coming from Iran to Dubai with nine Indian crew members. It was empty while the other ship with a Comoros flag was leaving Dubai for Somalia with 22 crew members carrying a load of different goods including 46 cars," announced a UAE police spokesman.

"After the collision, the Sri Lankan ship sunk but all its crew were rescued and all were in good health," he informed adding that the second vessel has been brought to Sharjah Port for repairs while efforts are underway to raise the sunken ship.

Initial reports revealed some information about the collision, the Sri Lankan flagged 'Ada Derana' had stopped without having its lights on, but the cause of the collision will be investigated. It is suspected that the ship had an engine malfunction which caused a power cut.

The case has been handed to UAE prosecutors.

Coast Guard officials in Sharjah informed for the incident and said that the Indian crew on the Sri Lankan-flagged vessel were rescued by sailors on the other vessel.