Mangaluru, Jan 02, 2020: A sailing craft carrying construction materials and provisions to Lakshadweep was found dangerously listing near the Kiltan island on Dec 31, Tuesday night.
The boat, ‘Faisal Hussain,’ with seven crew members on board, had sailed from Mangaluru Old Port on Monday and was anchored near Kiltan Island on Tuesday. The boat was carrying 700 bags of cement, 400 cement hollow blocks, 1000 bags of gravel, M-Sand and iron.
“After the hull of the boat breached, water rushed inside the boat. The crew members abandoned the vessel and reached the shore safely. But the entire cargo, including construction materials and food items were lost,” said Abdul Latheef, president of Sailing Vessels Owners’ Association in Mangaluru. “Efforts are underway to salvage the sinking boat,” he added. There is regular sailing craft voyages from the city’s old port to Lawshadweep transporting essential goods and cargo.