Transporter sinks

From ANIMAL PEOPLE, January/February 2010:


BEIRUT–Thirty-nine people were rescued, but nine were found
dead, 35 were missing and presumed dead, and 10,224 sheep plus
17,932 cattle died when the livestock transporter Danny F II capsized
and sank on December 17, 2009, 11 nautical miles from Tripoli,
Lebanon, en route from Montevideo, Uruguay, to Tartarus, Syria.
The British captain reportedly went down with the ship.
Launched as the car transporter Don Carlos in 1975, the
Danny F II was renamed when converted to haul livestock in 1994. In
2005 the Danny F II was reportedly detained at Adelaide after
inspectors found holed bulkheads, defective navigation lights and
radio equipment, and defective watertight doors.
The sinking brought the biggest loss of life of any livestock
hauling incident since the sheep transporter Uniceb burned and sank
in September 1996, killing 67,488 sheep who were en route to Jordan
from New Zealand and Australia.

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