Posted on December 05, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Liberian-flagged General Cargo Ship, NEW LEO was disabled during the morning of December the 4th, while transiting through Greek waters.
The incident occurred while the vessel was transiting through the central Aegean Sea. The vessel got caught in adverse weather conditions while sailing between the islands of Skyros and Lesbos.
Having been caught in rough seas, the vessel experienced an engine malfunction and started to pitch and roll.
The vessel, which had been loaded with a cargo of steel at the time, experienced a cargo shift as a result and developed a heavy list.
The Master, fearing for the safety of his crew issued out a distress call which was picked by the respective Greek authorities.
A joint rescue operation was then launched, comprising of forces from both the Greek Navy and the Greek Coast Guard. The operation included three military helicopters, two naval vessels, a coast guard rescue craft and five merchant ships.
The crew of the NEW LEO, all Ukrainian nationals were successfully airlifted to safety, but two of the seafarers will require medical treatment, thankfully, for non-life-threatening injuries.
According to sources, the ship is currently still afloat, albeit with a heavy list.