MV Suez sinking; Crew shifted to PNS Babur

Salalah, Jun 19: The crew members from the sinking ship MV Suez have been shifted to Pakistan Navy vessel PNS Babur, which was escorting the vessel to Oman port.

The Captain Syed Wasi Hasan and 18 crew members decided to abandon the ship as it had run out of diesel and caught in strong winds. Media reported that MV Suez, which was released by Somali pirates after ten months in captivity, is sinking due to rough weather.

Captain said that the Egyptian owner was not responding to their calls and they have no idea about the tugboat, which was supposed to reach on Saturday. The ship is stationary at around 75 miles from Salalah.

The CNN IBN quoted, the Pakistani Human Rights Activist, Ansar Burney, as saying, "MV Suez crew members shifted to PNS Babur."

The 22-member crew including six Indians, four Pakistanis, one Sri Lankan and 11 Egyptian nationals will be brought to Karachi or Gwadar. Pakistani media reported the crew members were taken to Naval vessel after the Captain of MV Suez appealed to the ministry of foreign affairs and the Chief of Pakistan Navy seeking immediate help.

OneIndia News

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