Search to trace Infinity Marine 1 and crew

DUBAI — Both fear and anxiety is beginning to mount over the unknown fate of 22 crew members of a Dubai-based cargo ship that has been reported missing in the Arabian Sea since June 16.

By Riyasbabu

Published: Thu 26 Jul 2007, 8:39 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 3:19 AM

The vessel, Infinity Marine 1, was on its way from Fujairah to Somalia with general cargo on board. But all contact with the vessel was lost following a spell of bad weather on the high seas. The ship’s captain last contact with his office was on June 16 to say that bad weater was causing some trouble.

The ship with 22 member crew comprising 15 Indians, five Pakistanis, one Bangladeshi and an Iraqi captain had left Fujairah port on June 10.

Jaison, a close relative of Anish Thambi who was on board of the vessel told Khaleej Times yesterday: “We have had no contact with Jason for about 40 days. We tried to call his mobile number in the UAE but it was not also working. His parents are heart patients and now we just do not know what to do.”

Meanwhile, Andrew Mwangura, of the Kenyan branch of Seafarers’ Assistance Programme said “The frantic search to trace the ship and crew is continuing. The American and French naval ships are also assisting in the search. But so far we have located nothing.”

“Since no distress call was made from the vessel, we are still optimistic that the ship may be anchored in some safe shelter — with no means to communicate or signal its loation,” he added.

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