West African Ventures' anchor handling tug Jascon 4 sunk while on static tow of a tanker 15 Nm offshore Escravos, Nigeria, on Sunday 26 May. So far ten bodies have been recovered and one crew member is still missing and one was found alive.
The search and rescue operation that has been underway since 26 May 2013 has had to be stopped for safety reasons. The vessel, the Jascon 4, which is located some 30 metres under water in an upside down position, has become so unstable that the risk of injury to the rescue divers has become unacceptably high.
During the rescue operation of the last four days, ten bodies have been recovered, one crew member is still missing and one survivor, Mr. Okene Harrison, the vessel’s cook of Nigerian nationality, was found. Mr. Harrison has been brought to the surface safely and he continues to respond to treatment on board the diving support vessel.
Picture: The Jascon 4 (picture by West African Ventures)