Rabat - A fishing boat sank off the coast of Dakhla on Friday night, and all the boat crew except one person, are missing.
Rabat – A fishing boat sank off the coast of Dakhla on Friday night, and all the boat crew except one person, are missing.
According to local sources, the boat called“Ashraf” sank at around 10 p.m after seven hours sailing, claiming the life of 12 persons.
The only survivor was admitted to the hospital to receive necessary medical treatments.
Mohamed Mabrouk, the only survivor, told Dakhla24 that the tragic accident happened abruptly after “a big wave hit their boat and crushed it,” leaving no space for the boat crew “to take security measures or to call for help.”
“The boat is well equipped with measures and equipment of safety,” he said, but “it came all of a sudden,” he added.
He said that he was hearing the shouting of his colleagues but couldn’t see them because it was dark.
The survivor owes his survival to a piece of wood from the broken boat. He tenaciously clung to it the whole night. For his good luck, the waves pushed him towards the shore until a rescue boat recognized him early Saturday and rescued him.
The coast guards and local authorities started searching for the corps of the drowned men, and an investigation has been opened to determine the circumstances of the tragic accident.
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