Nilam: Bodies of 4 sailors found

Last Updated: Sat, Nov 03, 2012 10:24 hrs

The bodies of four missing sailors of oil tanker MT Pratibha Cauvery, which was grounded by cyclone Nilam on Wednesday, have been found. One sailor is still missing.

The ship, which has a crew of 37, ran aground near the Besant Nagar beach in Chennai on Wednesday. Five sailors went missing after a lifeboat they were using to leave the ship capsized.

Search for the fifth sailor is on.

On Thursday, 15 sailors trapped in the ship were rescued by Coast Guard helicopters.

Chennai Port Trust officials had said the ship´s captain had ignored instructions to leave for safe waters following the cyclone alert. However, the family member of one of the dead sailors has filed a petition in court alleging that the vessel was not sea-worthy and had no food or fuel on board.

The family has also demanded an interim compensation of Rs. 25 lakh in the petition. Following this, the Madras High Court on Friday restrained the ship from being moved from its current location.

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