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Saudi Arabia’s border guards rescue crew of Panamanian ship on fire

Saudi Arabia’s Border Guards rescued the crew of a Panama-flagged commercial container tanker that caught fire while sailing in the Red Sea, according to Saudi Press Agency.

The incident took place about 123 nautical miles north-west of Jizan.

The Jeddah Search and Rescue Co-ordination Centre (JMRCC) received a distress call from the ship, informing them of the fire on board and the vessel’s location.

The information was then passed on to the command-and-control centre in Jizan and other relevant authorities, Col Misfir Al Qarini, official spokesman for the Border Guards, told SPA.

The Border Guards managed to rescue the 25 crew members of the ‘TSS Pearl’, who were taken to the port of Jizan. Border guard personnel initially received a distress call from the Panamanian ship, informing them of a fire on board.

Saudi Arabia's border guards rescue crew of Panamanian ship on fire | Al Arabiya English

They received medical treatment from co-ordinated authorities which included border guards, health affairs, the Red Crescent and civil defence.

The TSS Pearl – departed from Jeddah on October 4 and was en route to Aden, Yemen, before the fire broke out.

Oct 6 Report: Rumors are container ship TSS PEARL is on fire or disabled by fire in Red sea. Ship’s last AIS was around 2000 UTC Oct 5, ship was already adrift. She’s en route from Jeddah to Aden, ETA Oct 7. Awaiting updates.

TSS PEARL

Container Ship TSS PEARL is currently located at RSEA – Red Sea at position 17° 29′ 32.5″ N, 040° 29′ 59.3″ E as reported by MarineTraffic Terrestrial Automatic Identification System on 2022-10-05 20:01 UTC (1 day, 23 hours ago)

The vessel departed from JEDDAH, SA on 2022-10-04 19:06 LT (UTC +3) and is currently sailing at 1.3 knots with Southwest direction heading to ADEN, YE with reported Estimated Time of Arrival at 2022-10-07 12:00 LT (UTC +3) local time (10 hours, 48 minutes ago)

TSS PEARL (IMO: 9339868) is a Container Ship that was built in 2008 (14 years ago) and is sailing under the flag of Panama.

It’s carrying capacity is 1853 TEU and her current draught is reported to be 11.8 meters. Her length overall (LOA) is 190.94 meters and her width is 28.87 meters.

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