An oil tanker, belonging to a UAE-based diesel company sank 500 metres from Al Hamriya Port, north west of Sharjah city, due to strong winds, a Coast Guard official told Gulf News.
All the five crew members were rescued, the official said.
Lady Moon, the tanker, sunk at around 6.15am on Sunday. According to the official, the tanker’s crew decided to anchor the ship off the coast due to strong winds.
"They dropped the anchor to wait till the wind slowed down. However, it got cut due to the impact of strong winds,’’ said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The crew sought help from the authorities in Al Hamriya port, the official added.
He said the crew tried to drive the tanker to Al Hamriya port, but the attempt failed as the steering wheel also broke and consequently, there were several other technical problems due to which it could not be moved to the port.
"The captain told the port’s sea monitors at the control unit that the ship’s engines were struggling. Later, he told them he had lost control of the ship’s steering, and by then the vessel, loaded with diesel fuel cargo, had started sinking.’’ the official said.
Coast Guards saved one of the crew members while the other four swam and reached the port safely, the official said.
The vessel soon sunk completely, leaving small traces of oil leakage in the water.