Times of India
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
JAMNAGAR: As many as 22 sailors from here have been missing since March 21, after they set sail for Somalia from Mumbai port with a consignment of sugar in a vessel called Shivam, a local association of sailors said.
"The family members of 18 sailors from Salaya taluka and four from Porbandar are worried as their bread winners have been missing since over 10 days," secretary of Salaya Vahanvati Association Adam Bhaya said on Monday.
According to Bhaya, the 22 sailors had left Mumbai port on March 14 with a consignment of 2,200 tonnes of sugar which was to be delivered in Somalia. They were taking the consignment in a cargo vessel 'Shivam', he said. The vessel's captain, Jaku Bhaya, and 21 others had last contacted their families on March 21, and since then there has been no message from them, he said.
According to local police, the association has informed the Pakistan Coast Guard and the Somalian port about the missing sailors.
Search is on in the Arabian Sea for the missing sailors and the vessel by various agencies, they added.