Coalition widens search for missing Yemenis following boat tragedy

Socotrans call for resumption of flights from mainland to avoid such tragedies in future.
By Saeed Al Batati
Al Mukalla: Yemen minister of fisheries said on Monday that Saudi-led coalition ships and international anti-piracy navies along with a number of boats belonging to local fishermen have expanded the search for the missing Yemenis to Yemen waters east of the remote island of Socotra. A week ago, a Yemeni vessel carrying 60 people on board and sailing from the city of Al Mukalla on the mainland capsized off the island.
Around half of the passengers were found alive on small boats that were on the cargo vessel. Fahed Kafayen, who hails from the island, told Gulf News on Monday that the search ships moved eastward after finding no sign of the missing boats in west. “We suspect that strong winds might have pushed the boats eastward. We would not call off the search operation until we found them alive or dead,” he said.
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