Another Indian crewman of Mariam4 dead

DUBAI — One more Indian crewman of Mariam4, the Panama-registered Emirati vessel which ran aground off the Horn of Africa died in an Aden hospital yesterday.

By Riyasbabu

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Published: Sat 8 Jul 2006, 9:39 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:09 PM

The ship sank on Thursday last in strong winds in the Indian Ocean. The death toll in the incident, as of now, stands at seven.

The crew member identified as Kulijit Kuttan (24) hailed from Punjab, sources in Dubai told Khaleej Times yesterday.

The other victims were identified as Sankara Narayanan (24) from Tamil Nadu and Sucheendhra Kamat (24) from Goa in India, Muhammed Mursal Muhammed (42), A Somalian national and captain of the ship, Aaji Sherrif (26), a Tanzanian national, Aung Mung (48), second engineer, Zaw Wine (42), chief officer, both are Myanmar nationals of the vessel.

Of the rescued crew members, one hails from Tanzania and one from Pakistan, all the rest being from India.

According to the sources, the vessel went to Somalia from Salalah before heading to Aden for refuelling.

"Captain Muhammad Mursal Mehmood took over charge from another captain when the vessel arrived in Somalia. He was aboard another vessel, the Mariam3, which was gutted in Somalia three months back and had been waiting for a job since. He commanded the vessel to Aden but the mishap took place as the vessel was on its way to Zanzibar," a source said.

"Aaji Sheriff, the Tanzanian national who died in the mishap, had joined the crew in Aden two days before the tragedy. The shipping agent of the vessel in Aden is in touch with the diplomatic missions of the respective countries whose citizens died in the tragedy for facilitating the repatriation of the dead bodies," the source disclosed.

"The crew was recruited by different agencies in the respective countries. All the travel documents of the crew were lost and the agents are trying to arrange temporary travel documents for them," the source said.

The Indian crew members were recruited by a Chennai-based recruiting agent, Adarsh Ship Management. Speaking to Khaleej Times over telephone from Chennai, Kulasekharan, the manager of the recruiting company, said: "We recruited six people for the ship, three of whom have died. We informed the families of the deceased and they are awaiting the transfer of the bodies for the last rites."

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