x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Coastguard monitoring sunken Moon

Ship that sank off Sharjah on Monday is being monitored by coast guard.

SHARJAH // Coastguard officials and the Ministry of the Environment are continuing to monitor the condition of a ship that sank off Sharjah on Monday.

Col Juma Al Taffaq, the director general of Hamriya Ports Police, said the vessel is still under water. The ship's five Indian crew members, who were rescued uninjured, are in police custody though no charges have been made. Police said they are yet to contact the ship's owner.

The 25-metre ship, called Lady Moon, sank on Sunday 500 metres off the coast of Hamriya in Sharjah. It had a storage capacity of about 200 to 250 tonnes of fuel but a source at the port said it did not have any on board when it sunk.

He said bad weather probably caused it to sink.

In February of last year, two cargo ships, the Dolphin and Lady Rana, ran aground on Sharjah Beach after technical problems caused by rough weather at sea.

A police spokesman said at the time that the captains of both ships lost control after the vessels were battered by 10-foot waves.

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