Fishermen and shipping and local sources said, on Saturday evening, hat a fishing vessel carrying 40 passengers, including women and children, was missing in the waters of the Indian Ocean off the coast of Socotra island in southeastern Yemen.
Fishermen explained that so far the contact with the fishing vessel lost after sailing from Qashen port in the eastern Yemeni province of Mahra to the Socotra archipelago.
Navigational sources said that a fishing vessel is a type of "Sunboq"set off from the port of Qashen in Mahra after sunset on Wednesday evening, carrying about 40 passengers, including families intending to travel to Socotra, but contact was lost on Thursday.
The sources confirmed that the vessel intended for fishing and not for passengers, but were forced to use it to reach Socotra because they could not book flights on Yemenia because of the limited number of flights to the island and the intensity of demand.
Navigational sources predicted that the ship sank or broke down in the middle of the ocean, was supposed to arrive in Socotra on Friday morning, considering that the normal time the ship travels from Qashin to Socotra is estimated to be 30 hours, However, more than 72 hours have passed and the ship has not reached its destination.
Those sources pointed out the missing ship may have been exposed to the effects of Cyclonic Storm Hika, which began mid-last week off the coast of Oman and eastern Yemen.
No official comment issued by the Yemeni authorities on the fate of the missing ship, until this writing.
He appealed to activists from Socotra Island and fishermen, local authorities and the Saudi-led Arab Coalition to Support Legitimacy in Yemen and the UAE, and international forces in the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea, to search for the missing.
The Yemeni coasts and islands of the south and east of the country in the Arabian Sea up to Socotra are under the control of the Arab Coalition forces.
The Yemeni Socotra Island, located in the Indian Ocean off the eastern coast of Yemen, is the largest of the Yemeni islands and was administratively affiliated to the province of Hadhramout before President Abdrabbo Mansour Hadi decides to declare it and its small islands adjacent to it, an independent province in 2013 under the name of "Socotra
Yemen's Socotra lies in the Arabian Sea, the intersection of the Indian Ocean, and is home to about 100,000 people.