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Sailors killed after ship capsizes in Dubai, ship owner charged

 

DUBAI – Three Indian men were killed after their ship capsized off Palm Deira in Dubai, the court heard as the ship owner appeared in court for trial.

The Dubai Court of Misdemeanour heard that the sailors, aged 18, 28 and 30, were trapped between the oil tanker ship and the wave breaker after they were thrown overboard during the incident in February last year.

Three other men were injured after they were ordered by the captain, who was among those killed, to jump off the ship before it overturned due to strong winds.

The ship’s 54-year-old Iranian owner is now on trial for causing their deaths after failing to provide the necessary safety equipment.

The Iranian said he had sold the vessel to an Emirati woman in 2014 but that she failed to pay the full prize, forcing him to file a case in court, which then issued a freeze order that prevented the ship from entering UAE waters.

The Emirati woman denied his claims, saying he changed his mind about the price and refused to hand over the ship.

The Iranian told the court that he provided food, water and wages to all six crew members. He added that the ship had safety equipment, including two life boats, 20 life jackets and flares.

An independent report had showed that the ship’s main engine was not working and that the crew members were inexperienced.

The court is expected to issue a verdict later this month. GAD/Expat Media

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