Muscat: Timely intervention by Salalah Port officials and fire fighting rescue team averted a major disaster at the Salalah port on Monday after a Korean flagged fishing trawler caught fire. According to sources at the port, the trawler, 'BAEKYANG 29', which was docked at Berth No. 24, caught fire at around 2:30am.
"As soon as the fire was noticed, officials and rescue team sprang into action. The entire crew was first evacuated safely. Then we noticed the trawler carrying ammonia, an inflammable item, used to preserve fish. Therefore, it was decided to tow the trawler to outer sea to avoid any disaster at the port. The tug boat towed the trawler 12 miles away from the port and just as they were trying to disconnect, the trawler sank," sources told the Times of Oman.