Oil tanker sinks off Yemen coast threatening massive leak in world’s worst humanitarian crisis

An oil tanker sunk off the coast of Yemen on Friday, and the fishermen on whose boats it was last seen hope they can swim to safety before being sucked under the waves. The…

Oil tanker sinks off Yemen coast threatening massive leak in world’s worst humanitarian crisis

An oil tanker sunk off the coast of Yemen on Friday, and the fishermen on whose boats it was last seen hope they can swim to safety before being sucked under the waves.

The accident threatened to disrupt the clean water supply for 9 million people in the impoverished country — making it one of the biggest humanitarian crises of the 21st century.

The sinking of the Marshall Islands-flagged tanker Al Mamun was triggered by a collision with a freighter and was reported by the International Transport Workers’ Federation and Al Jazeera.

The tanker is believed to have sustained heavy damage when it ran aground on the seabed more than 140 miles off the coast of the capital city, Sanaa. It was carrying around 200,000 barrels of oil which could be contaminating hundreds of square miles of water resources.

Fishermen reported hearing engine trouble on board and started the rescue boat from which they had been rescued.

Mohammed Hanouf, the director general of the tanker’s owner, Bharat Petroleum, said they were currently on the shore and removing oil from the vessel.

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