Pakistani expat helps save 20 from sinking ship

MUSCAT: A Pakistani marine engineer made an SOS call that saved 20 crew members from a sinking ship, and it’s not the first time he has saved lives. Mohammed Sayeed Aijaz, aged 58, who has been working in Oman for the last 17 years, said that he has saved dozens of crew members from sinking ships.

According to details, Aijaz made the call to Omani hero Fayiz Al Junaibi who raced to rescue the 20-man crew from their sinking cargo ship on Sunday.

“I have saved people from around 20 to 25 ships in my life,” he said. “I got a distress call from the ship owner’s manager, who knows me personally, that the ship had run into bad weather and was anchored at Al-Labki. I immediately hired fishing boats and went to the spot,” he added.

An Omani national, who went with Aijaz, said he got a call on Friday saying that the ship had a hole in its side—with water coming in fast. Aijaz praised the role of the Omani fishermen saying that “it was very challenging because of the adverse weather conditions in the middle of the sea”.

The owner of the ship is now trying to repatriate crew members and trying to take the ship out of the waters.

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