​German freighter Kiani Satu aground, crew evacuated, SAR

Aug. 8, 2013 at 13:20 by Mikhail Voytenko in Accidents

German general cargo vessel Kiani Satu issued emergency signal at around 0300 LT Aug 8 13 reporting risk of running aground in Walker Bay,130 nautical miles west of Port Elizabeth, 220 miles east of Cape Town, SAR. Later vessel ran aground in rough weather, reportedly after experiencing engine problem. Vessel dropped an anchor, but was dragged ashore by strong wind and waves. The tug which was sent to assist the vessel, wasn’t able to refloat Kiani Satu, mainly due to adverse weather conditions. The Captain of the vessel requested an evacuation, finding situation dangerous for the crew. Crew was airlifted by helicopters, at 1002 LT all 19 crew were safe on shore. The crew uncludes Ukrainian and Filipino nationalities. Vessel reportedly, was en route from Ho Chin Minh Vietnam, to Gabon, with cargo of rice. Famous salvage vessel Amandla Smit Amandla is to reach grounding site in the evening Aug 8, steaming from Cape Town. Photo provided by Sea Rescue SAR: http://www.flickr.com/photos/searescue/

​German freighter Kiani Satu aground, crew evacuated, SAR

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