An overladen ship crammed with thousands of sheep capsized Sunday off Sudan’s Red Sea coast drowning the animals on board but with all crew surviving, port officials said.
The livestock vessel was heading from Sudan’s port of Suakin to Saudi Arabia when it ran into trouble in the Red Sea.
“The ship, Badr 1, sank during the early hours of Sunday morning,” a senior Sudanese port official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“it was carrying 15,800 sheep, which was beyond its load limits.”
Every year, Saudi Arabia do imports sheep from neighboring countries for compulsory animal sacrifice undertaken by hajj pilgrims
“It will also likely have an environmental impact due to the death of the large number of animals carried by the ship”.
Times of India
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