The 197 meter long, 34,942 dwt freighter Angel 1 sank off Pointe-d’Esny, Mauritius after three months being aground on a coral reef. Salvagers had made repairs and pulled the freighter free of the reef. However, they found the hull had suffered many cracks. These cracks enlarged as the vessel making repairs impossible. Pumps barely kept the vessel afloat with it pumping out some 6,800 cubic meters per hour. It was decided to tow the Angel 1 as far as possible from the coast and allow the vessel to sink. When the vessel was some 36 miles off the coast, the crew was evacuated and the pumps were stopped. The vessel quickly filled with water and sank. The Angel 1 now rests under 4400 meters of water. Reports state the Angel 1 still had some remaining cargo of rice on board.
The 197 meter long, 34,942 dwt freighter Angel 1 went aground on the reefs off Poudres-d’Or, Mauritius. The Angel 1 was loaded with 30,000 tons of rice bound for the Ivory Coast suffered an engine failure on Friday. The master decided he could not proceed, the vessel slammed into the coral reef. Later reports state there is a leak, but hull inspections were unable to reveal the source of the water ingress. Authorities have responded by having the fuel on board the Angel 1 to be pumped out before any could leak causing an ecological disaster. A salvage team from Greece has been requested to help pull the freighter free. No reports of injury of the 28 crew on board.