Sea Rescue

Bangladeshi crew rescued from sinking ship

COLOMBO, Sept 7, 2006 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s navy rescued 34 Bangladeshi nationals Thursday who were aboard a crippled merchant vessel that sank off the island’s southern coast, officials said. The cargo carrier, MV Amnet Sha, was being towed by a tugboat when it sank in rough weather off the coast of Koggala, said an official at the Colombo Radio rescue coordinating centre said.

A navy spokesman said the vessel ran into difficulty and was being towed to the port of Galle, 112 kilometres (72 miles) south of here, when its hull broke.

“We have taken on board 34 Bangladeshi nationals, including two children and two women,” the navy spokesman said. “They are being taken to Galle port.” No other details were immediately available.