Inland Tanker Splits in Two in Off Malta

Mike Schuler
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March 26, 2020
The aft of the tanker Lady Sandra. Photo: Malta Armed Forces

Rescue crews in Malta rescued three seafarers after their vessel split in two in the western Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday. 

The Armed Forces of Malta was alerted late Wednesday night that the 89-meter Lady Sandra, an inland tanker, had split in two in rough weather. 

Reporting indicates that the vessel departed Istanbul, Turkey on February 6 and no oil has spilled, indicating the ship was unladen at the time. 

Photo: Malta Armed Forces

The Armed Forces of Malta dispatched a search and rescue vessel to the area leading to the rescue of three crew members, including two Egyptians and one Romanian. 

Both halves of the vessel are believed to be still afloat. 

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the ship was flagged in the UK.

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