A man was rescued after spending 48 hours at sea following the sinking of his ship.
The man was rescued by the marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd, as well as by the Liberian Coast Guard after the sinking of the freighter Niko Ivanka last Saturday (July 17) off the coast of the African country of the Where is.
The ship had left the Liberian capital Monrovia on July 17 for another port in the country, despite being banned from doing so due to non-compliance with basic safety requirements, Sky News reports.
Later that afternoon, a distress signal was sent after they started to take on water, but by the time help managed to get there, the ship had already partially sunk.
The ship’s manifesto showed that there were officially 18 people aboard the ship, 11 of whom were rescued within 36 hours of the distress call, according to Liberian Maritime Authority spokesman Eugene Nagbe.
However, those rescued from the waters of the Atlantic Ocean said there were in fact 28 people on board, leaving 17 people still missing.
Then, on Monday July 19, Sea Shepherd confirmed that it had successfully lifted a survivor out of the water approximately 48 hours after the vessel sank.
It is a long and terrifying time to be alone in the waters of the ocean.
They had also saved a number of others earlier on their ship, the Sam Simon.
Liberian Deputy Information Minister Jarlaywah Tonpoe told Reuters the exact number of people aboard the Niko Ivanka remains unknown.
Tonpoe said: “The ship was not a licensed passenger vessel and yet it had passengers on board.”
The ship’s owner – a Chinese – has been arrested and investigations are underway to determine why the ship was allowed to leave port in the first place, as well as whether the ship was carrying cargo.
Official ship documentation showed the ship’s captain was a Swede and was accompanied on board by a Chinese crew member and nine people from the West Africa regional school examinations body. .
Sea Shepherd also released a statement claiming two children were on board.
They wrote: “On July 19, the crew aboard the Sea Shepherd Sam Simon rescued another survivor, bringing the total number to 12.
“This survivor had been in the water for 48 hours. Search and rescue operations continue.”
Tragically, the Liberian Maritime Authority announced yesterday (July 22) that three bodies had been discovered, which are believed to be among those missing from the ship.