AHTS Damas Victory sinks offshore Qatar

DOHA: Nearly 30 people could be dead after Damas Oil & Marine Services anchor handling tug supply vessel (AHTS) Damas Victory sank in the Persian Gulf off the coast of Qatar on the morning of June 30, according to international press reports.

The accident took place at approximately 6:30 a.m. local time, Qatar’s Ministry of the Interior said, as the AHTS was returning to port in Doha during bad weather. George Mathew, the general manager of the ship’s operator, told the Associated Press that the ship’s captain had requested permission to enter the channel leading to Doha’s harbor, but was told to remain at an outer anchorage because of the rough conditions.”At that time, a huge swell and strong wind hit him and the vessel was capsized,” Mathew said in an AP interview. “It completely sank in three minutes.”

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