After fending off bombardment for around two weeks, 70 Indian sailors sneaked out of Khokha port in Yemen on board their five vessels on Wednesday, industry associations in Gujarat claimed.
However, 14 other Gujarati crew remained stranded in the country, with their vessels destroyed in the bombing of September 8. “There was no bombing on the port over the last two days. This morning, sailors found the weather fair and departed from Khokha,” Adam Thain, president of Kutch Vahanvata Owners Association (KVOA), said.
Of the five country vessels stranded at the Yemeni port for over two weeks, two are from Mandavi in Kutch, one from Salaya in Devbhoomi Dwarka.
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However, the fate of 14 other Gujarati sailors continued to remain uncertain. While the Ministry of External Affairs is trying to evacuate them, the seamen said they were living under threat. “Officers of Indian embassy in Djibouti have established contact with us. But we have not been informed about the possible evacuation plan,” Ravi Duttani, one of the crew, said. These sailors have been put up in Al Hudaydah in Yemen, about 80 km from Khokha port, by their shipping agents. Four of them are in hospital.