Tanker reportedly sank in Gulf of Aden UPDATE

June 27: UK Coast Guard was alerted by Yemeni Coast Guard in the morning June 26, reporting sinking tanker RAMA 2 and lack of capacities to launch SAR. UK CG coordinated SAR, directing to sinking tanker nearby merchant ships. 12 out of 14 crew were rescued by nearby merchant ships, 1 was rescued by UK Navy helicopter, 1 is missing. SAR was hampered by adverse weather. Tanker said to carry some 3,000 tons of fuel on board.
News are spreading in media on an explosion and sinking ship off Puntland coast, Somalia, on June 25.
A huge explosion has been heard from a ship off the coast of Somalia’s Puntland region with flames seen rising from what was possibly a foreign naval vessel, an official has told Reuters.
“We heard (a) huge explosion and flame rising from the ship. I believe that the ship is foreign,” Ali Shire, mayor of Puntland’s port town of Alula, a pirate haven, told Reuters on Tuesday.
He said he believed the ship was likely a naval vessel because two foreign navy ships had helped rescue the crew.
Probably they witness RAMA 2 disaster.

First news:
June 26: Product tanker RAMA 2 reportedly issued distress signal and sank on June 26 in Gulf of Aden, in vicinity 13 50N 055 53E, some 130 nm northeast of easternmost Socotra tip. Vessel said to develop a list prior to sinking, while en route to Al Hamriya, UAE from Mogadishu. SAR launched and coordinated by UK CG, with deployment of nearby merchant ships. on a photo RAMA 2 in better days as ex-SAXEN
Product tanker RAMA 2, IMO 8819720, dwt 6764, built 1989, flag Panama, manager HF MARINE FLEET INC, UAE.

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Hi! My name is Stepan Kotcherga, I’m Merchant Marine Navigation Officer, now a Second Officer working on dry cargo ships. My home is in Ukraine. I’m contributing maritime news and inside info.