The 316 meter long, 90613 dwt container ship Mol Comfort broke-in-two and sank in the Indian Ocean some 200 miles off Yemen and 840 miles off Mumbai. The Mol Comfort was en route to Jeddah from Singapore with 4,500 containers when it hit rough seas. The vessel encountered strong winds and waves up to six meters when it suffered structural failure. The vessel developed a crack amidships and eventually broke-in-two. The 26 crew on board abandoned ship into the vessel’s life rafts and the lifeboat. The Indian Coast Guard dispatched vessels to the scene and requested vessels in the area to assist. Reports state that all 26 crew were safely rescued by the nearby vessel Yantian Express. The Yantian Express is proceeding to Colombo, Sri Lanka. No reports of injuries. An oil spill was spotted, but the quantity of oil released was unknown. Several containers were spotted floating around the position where the Mol Comfort sank.
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