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Sushma Swaraj Reaches Out To Indian Sailors Stuck On Merchant Ships In The UAE

Abandoned by employers, 41 sailors are stuck on leaking vessels.

09/01/2017 12:22 PM IST | Updated 09/01/2017 12:56 PM IST
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NEW DELHI -- External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said that India will help out its sailors stuck in merchant ships at Ajman in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Abandoned by their employer in leaking ships, at least 41 Indian sailors found support from the External Affairs Minister, who stepped in to help them following a SOS.

Taking to Titter, Swaraj said, "We have contacted the Captains of the two vessels, Ship owners, port authorities and the Government."

"They have essential supplies of for next two weeks. We are helping in the settlement of their dues and release of the crew," she tweeted.

She further said in her tweet that the government has asked the mission to ensure that Indian sailors do not suffer for want of essential supplies.

The sailors who are stuck there are from Delhi, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Uttarkhand, Punjab, Harayana, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Jammu, Karnataka and Kerala.

The tweets pleading for rescue had earlier been sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sushma Swaraj and V. K. Singh.

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