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Dubai supply ship raised from Qatar seabed

Remaining bodies recovered from the wreck of the vessel which sank last week.

The remaining bodies from a Dubai-based supply ship which sank off the Qatari coast last week have been recovered on Monday.

The Demas Victory, which capsized during strong winds 10 nautical miles off the Doha coast on Tuesday, was raised from the seabed, reported the National.

The vessel, which provided services to the oil industry and was run by the Midgulf Offshore Ship Chartering Company, had 35 crew on board.

Five people, including the captain, were rescued and by Friday search teams had found 19 bodies.

The remaining 11 bodies were removed from the wreckage on Monday, Midgulf’s general manager George Mathew told the newspaper.

An investigation has begun into the cause of the incident by the Qatar Port authority.

“There is no damage to the vessel’s hull anywhere,” Mathew said. “There is no hole or tear. The hull is in perfect condition. We assume that the cause of the accident was the weather, the swell and the wind, although we cannot reach a firm conclusion yet.

“We need to wait for a couple of days. The inspection of the wreck will give us some clues. We also don’t rule out an error on the part of the crew,” he added.

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