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More bodies found in Qatar ship tragedy

Rescuers have found five more bodies from the Duba-based supply ship which sank off Doha coast.

Rescuers recovered five more bodies from a Dubai-based supply ship which sank off the Qatari coast, bringing the number of dead to six.

Five people, including the captain, were rescued after the vessel with 35 people on board sunk near the Doha Channel, about 10 nautical miles off the coast on Tuesday.

According to The Peninsula, the ship was carrying 9 crew and 24 employees of HBK Power Cleaning and two caterers working for a company hired by HBK

HBK said among its staff on board the ship were 12 Nepalese, 11 Indians and one Bangladeshi. The caterers were Indian, the company said, according to agencies.

A massive search operation is still underway and authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of the incident.

The ship, MV Demas Victory, which provides support to offshore oil and gas platforms, sank as it tried to re-enter Doha Port amid rough conditions, at about 6.30am.

George Mathew, general manager of the ship’s operator told agencies the ship was hit by a huge swell and strong winds and capsized. He said it sank in three minutes.

The crew who were rescued were either on the deck or in the wheelhouse at the time. The others are feared dead because they would have been unable to escape from their sleeping cabins, Mathew said.

The vessel is operated by Midgulf Offshore Ship Chartering LLC on behalf of owner Demas Marine Inc. It was built in 1979 and has been operated by Midgulf since January 2005.

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Azhar Rafiq Sait 11 years ago

Its a bad newz . Am a ex-seaman workd in the same company two year before. My heartly condolence to the family of the decreased. May the al-mighty rest their soul in heaven......

sham 11 years ago

really its v bad news.we all came here for work.but such accident really intolerable for their families.may the AL-mighty rest their souls in heaven.

Maryanne 11 years ago

My husbands cousin was onboard that ship - one of the catering crew and we presume he has died. We are deeply saddened, as are the rest of the family. He has 2 children under 5 who will never see their dad again, and a wife who has now been widowed at a young age. May he, and the rest of the crew who died rest in peace.

Joe Rodrigues 11 years ago

Were this poor workers recruited to work on land or on the sea. Were they ever trained to work on a sea going vessel or were they just forced to work wherever the management pleased and at risk to the workers. Hope action is taken urgently to train people before putting them in jobs which they can handle instead of using cheap labour for doing the right things but in the wrong manner. Hope companies wake upto to the health and safety aspects of their workers which will go a long way in generating goodwill for the management and employers and will eventually help the company, its owners and its workers and its bottom line

Roland Brown, Qatar 10 years ago

The sea at this time of year can get really rough even for the larger vessels. I once had a vessel in Qatar and sailed around the coastline and was terrified of rough seas myself. I really feel for those that lost thier lives, our prayers are with their families.