Two days after the sinking of livestock carrier Queen Hind (IMO 7290675) on November 24th, Romanian rescue services have managed to save only 75 sheep of the 14,000 that were on board when the vessel capsized and sank. During the night of November 27th they planned to drill holes into the hull of the ship so they can enter through a new opening to try to save any animals trapped below deck that might still be alive.
Kuki Barbuceanu, president of an animal rescue and care organization, estimated that a maximum of 100 sheep could be saved. He claimed that if the intervention had been faster, thousands could have been saved.
The ship had left Midi on November 24th and was heading to the port city of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia with its cargo. It had arrived at the port of Midia on November 23rd from Tripoli, Libya, Romanian media reported.
1980-built, Palau-flagged, 3,785 gt Queen Hind is owned by Astra Marine Services Ltd care of manager MGM Marine Shipping SRL of Constanta, Romania.