Tragedy in the Mediterranean, 79 Migrants Dead and Dozens Feared Missing

Authorities in Greece were alerted early Friday morning (5/4) after the Tanzania-flagged livestock carrier “Lady Maria” grounded north of Pserimos, a small Greek island in the Dodecanese chain.

According to information from, there were 15 crew members and one passenger on board the Tanzanian-flagged vessel.

The livestock ship grounded at approximately 7.30 a.m., “with no water inflow or injury reported,” the news channel said on Friday.

As it was reported on Friday by the media channel all the crew members are in good health.

In the area two coast guard boats arrived as well as a tug for the rescue of the people on board the vessel.

At the time of the incident, north-westerly winds of 5 Beaufort were blowing in the maritime area on Friday.

Livestock carrier grounds off Greek island north of Pserimos

The ship which had its destination to Jeddah was spotted in Marine Traffic on Friday in the area with a tugboat assisting the vessel and destination the Greek island of Kalymnos, in the southeastern Aegean Sea.

The circumstances of the incident remain unclear until that moment.

The Greek coast guard confirmed the incident mentioning that the carrier “Lady Maria” had sailed from the port of Batumi, in Georgia, bound for the port of Jeddah, in Saudi Arabia, loaded with six thousand eight hundred (6800) animals, while fifteen foreign crew and one foreign passenger were on board. 

Two tugboats sailed to the area with the assistance of which the ship was towed, accompanied by the patrol vessel of the Hellenic Coast Guard, to the anchorage of Kalymnos, the coast guard added.

As it is reported there were no injuries, and no marine pollution was observed from the incident.