Two sailors drown as cement ship sinks in gale

26th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

26 May 2006, TENERIFE — Two sailors have drowned after their ship carrying 2,000 tonnes of cement sank off the Canary Islands.

26 May 2006

TENERIFE — Two sailors have drowned after their ship carrying 2,000 tonnes of cement sank off the Canary Islands.

Nine of the 11 sailors were saved by helicopter.

The ship went down at 00.45am on Friday and sent out a May Day signal, but it failed to get through properly.

The ship, which was sailing under a Panamanian flag, sank 12 miles off Santa Cruz de Tenerife, according to Canary Islands authorities.

The shipping broker, Naranjo y Castro, raised the alarm after the ship failed to arrive on time at Gran Canaria.

At the time it went down, the Portland was struggling against force 8 gales and five metre-high waves.

Captain Antonio Padrón, of the Canary Islands rescue services, said the bad weather, the weight of the cargo and lack of stability probably caused the boat to sink.

Among the crew were six Ukrainians, four Egyptians and one Romanian.

The captain is thought to be Greek and another sailor was named as Byelorussian by EFE news agency.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news
 

 

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