Dubai: Nine Indian crew members of a Cypriot cargo ship that sank 1.4 nautical miles from Sultan Qaboos Port in Oman have been rescued.
The Nisar R3, loaded with 816 tonnes of bitumen, sank on Wednesday in which the ship`s Iranian captain died while nine Indian crew members were rescued by the Omani Coast Guard and naval vessels.
The rescue vessels also recovered some of the bitumen, which had spread to the shores, the Times of Oman report said on Sunday.
According to the report, a control tower received a report from the distressed ship in a state of emergency, since seawater was flowing onboard, and the ship lacked the equipment to drain water.
Two tugboats were rushed to the site but arrived only after the ship was completely submerged.
Coast Guard officers rescued nine Indians and transferred them to the police hospital for treatment.
The identity of the Indian crew has not yet been revealed.
The body of the captain was recovered the next day.