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51 people are missing

51 people are missing
At least 51 people are missing and nearly 40 000 sheep and cattle have drowned after the Panamanian-flagged livestock carrier Danny F II rolled over and sank 11 miles off the coast of Lebanon last night.

At least 51 people are missing and nearly 40 000 sheep and cattle have drowned after the Panamanian-flagged livestock carrier Danny F II rolled over and sank 11 miles off the coast of Lebanon last night.

At least 51 people are missing and nearly 40 000 sheep and cattle have drowned after the Panamanian-flagged livestock carrier Danny F II rolled over and sank 11 miles off the coast of Lebanon last night.

The ship was en route from Montevideo, Uruguay to the Syrian port of Tartous with a cargo of sheep and cattle when it ran into difficulties in a storm near Tripoli, Lebanon.

Ships from the Lebanese navy along with a couple of civilian vessels and UN peacekeeping ships are reportedly on the scene and searching for survivors. So far 31 survivors have been pulled from the sea.

According to press reports, the search is being hampered by high seas and the carcasses of thousands of animals in the water.

The Danny F II"s crew are mostly Pakistan and the Filipino nationals, along with citizens of Lebanon, Syria, Britain, Australia, Russia and Uruguay. The British captain is among the missing.

The sinking will likely throw the spotlight on the controversial live animal export trade which has been accused of various cruel practices and animal abuse in the past.

www.TurkishMaritime.com.tr

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