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Ship owner cleared in sailors’ deaths off Dubai coast

 

DUBAI – An Iranian ship owner has been cleared of manslaughter charges in the deaths of three sailors off the coast of Dubai.

Dubai’s top court has upheld a decision by the Dubai Court of Appeal clearing the man of all charges. The decision is final.

On February 3, 3017, three sailors drowned and three others were injured after the captain ordered them to jump off the ship that had capsized off Palm Deira due to a storm.

The owner of the ship was charged with causing the wrongful deaths of the three sailors after allegedly failing to provide necessary safety equipment on board.

He denied the charges, saying that the ship was equipped with two lifeboats, 20 life jackets and flares.

A report by the Dubai Maritime City Authority also found that the sailors were inexperienced in dealing with stormy weather. ICA/Expat Media

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