General cargo ship taking on water in Gulf of Aden UPDATE sinking

Jun 8 1230 UTC UPDATE: The ship is reported abandoned, sinking. US Navy auxiliary ship USNS PATUXENT is sailing away from FALCON LINE in direction of Bosaso. FALCON LINE AIS, nevertheless, is still on, the ship as of 1200 UTC was adrift.

General cargo ship FALCON LINE is troubled in Gulf of Aden some 45 nm north of Socotra coast. The ship reported water ingress in the evening Jun 7, being en route from Persian Gulf ports to Bosaso Somalia. The ship turned back and as of 0430 UTC Jun 8, seemed to sail in NE direction at some 2-3 knots speed. Understood US Navy auxiliary ship USNS PATUXENT is on standby or escorting distressed ship.
General cargo ship FALCON LINE, IMO 8812916, dwt 3180, built 1991, flag Gabon, manager Falcon Shipping Line Qatar/UAE (EQUASIS).

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