Dubai: A livestock carrier has sunk off the coast of the Gulf of Aden with all animals perishing and two of the 29 crew still missing.
The more than 30-year-old ship was en route from Somlia to the United Arab Emirates when it sank in rough seas. It was believed to be carrying more than 3,000 animals. A nearby vessel was able to rescue 29 crewmembers and the search for the missing two seafarers is ongoing.
Livestock is Somalia’s biggest contributor to its national gross domestic product, accounting for around 40% of GDP. The majority of the livestock heads for Middle Eastern markets.