Oman rescues crew of partly submerged Turkish ship

The team of a Turkish ship was evacuated by Omani rescue teams after the ship was partly submerged in the Arabian Sea. (AFP)

Omani rescue teams evacuated on Tuesday the crew of a Turkish ship loaded with iron that listed and became partly submerged in the Arabian Sea after its engine room caught fire, the transport ministry said.

Units from the armed forces of the Gulf sultanate were working on securing the Atlantik Confidence while waiting for teams specialized in rescuing ships to arrive to stabilize it, said a statement carried by ONA state news agency.

The crew of 21 members was evacuated to a commercial ship nearby.

The Atlantik Confidence, located 266.7 kilometers southeast of Masirah Island, tilted 20 degrees to port and became partly submerged after the fire erupted, the ministry said.

It is carrying iron frames to be used in a new terminal at the Muscat airport, ONA said.

Last Update: Tuesday, 02 April 2013 KSA 19:08 - GMT 16:08