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Dozens of Crew Missing, Thousands of Animals Drowned as Cattle Ship Sinks Off Lebanon

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At least 51 people are missing and nearly 40 000 sheep and cattle have drowned after the Panamanian-flagged livestock carrier Danny F II rolled over and sank 11 miles off the coast of Lebanon on Thursday night. The ship was en route from Montevideo,

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Maura G (34)
Saturday December 19, 2009, 4:43 pm
So sad that so many lives are lost---both human and animal.

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 19, 2009, 7:35 pm
Noted with a sad heart. Prayers going up for the family(s) of those lost

Saturday December 19, 2009, 8:22 pm
horrible , i hate this type of stuff, the humans i am sorry for , but they also had a choice, the animals/????? NONE.....

Barbara T (431)
Saturday December 19, 2009, 8:41 pm
'The sinking will likely throw the spotlight on the controversial live animal export trade which has been accused of various cruel practices and animal abuse in the past.'

You HEAR VERY LITTLE about the "controversial" "live animal export trade". There were 28,000 animals packed into that ONE ship. TWENTY-EIGHT THOUSAND sheep and cattle. Probably packed in, in such a way that they couldn't move a single inch in any direction, to "save space" and MAKE MORE PROFITS off of one load of shipping animals.

Actually, I DIDN'T KNOW that THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF LIVE ANIMALS WERE SHIPPED this way; I would have assumed the trade was in their meat, hides, etc.; not the animals THEMSELVES.

This Live Animal Trade NEEDS TO BE RESEARCHED AND LOOKED INTO; at least by me, it does!
Thank you for this.


Jenny Casey (33)
Saturday December 19, 2009, 9:04 pm
Very sad.

Darlene K (356)
Saturday December 19, 2009, 9:58 pm
I shared this story in fb, from bbc and it is a huge tragedy that grabs the heart, very much...noted and thank you, Simone.

Yvonne Mendes Siblini (218)
Saturday December 19, 2009, 11:47 pm
No more survivors found off Lebanon coast

Rescue teams from three countries and the United Nations stepped up their search on Friday for survivors of a freighter which sank in stormy seas off Lebanon, but they found only bodies.

Nine bodies have now been recovered from the water after the Panamanian-flagged Danny F II, which was transporting livestock, sank in bad weather, rescue officials said.

Thirty eight crew members have been found alive, a Lebanese military spokesman said, leaving 35 passengers and crew unaccounted for.

Tripoli port and UN officials said nine Lebanese vessels together with a medical crew and three boats of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) were taking part in the extended search.

Syrian boats were also involved in the rescue effort as was a British helicopter which flew from Cyprus for backup on Thursday night and found three of the five more bodies found on Friday.

"The search is still ongoing on the site and in all the surroundings. But the weather is still very bad this morning," UNIFIL deputy spokesman Andrea Tenenti told AFP earlier.

Thirty survivors, soaking wet and wrapped in blankets, were ferried into the Lebanese port city of Tripoli on board UN boats, an AFP correspondent said. Another eight were helicoptered to land with extreme exhaustion.

The army spokesman said most of those stranded in the water should have managed to put on their life jackets before abandoning the ship but it was feared that high waves would sweep them further out to sea.

The weather office at Beirut airport said heavy winds and rain were expected to lash northern and eastern Lebanon through to Saturday morning.

Looking terrified and weak, the survivors were put on board waiting ambulances and taken to hospital. Most of the survivors were Pakistanis and Filipinos, while a Ukrainian was also on the list.

"When I jumped in the water, I had no life jacket because I couldn't find any. The waves were very high and I panicked. The water was freezing and I felt pain in my chest," said a Filipino who gave his named as Jonathan.

"I thought I was going to die," Jonathan said, smiling weakly and showing a thumbs up.

Another Filipino told rescuers that the British captain of the vessel which was heading from Uruguay to the Syrian port of Tartus, had died.

"He told us that the ship's engine went down and the captain sounded the alarm and told everyone to jump in the water," a rescue official recounted. "He said that 10 minutes after they jumped, the ship overturned sideways in very high waves and sank with the captain still on board."

The ship overturned about 11 nautical miles off Tripoli after sending a distress signal at around 3:55 pm (1355 GMT) on Thursday. It had changed course and was trying to reach the Lebanese capital of Beirut when it capsized.

"Rescue efforts are being hampered by the fact that we're operating in an area where the waves are as high as three metres (10 feet) and because of the floating dead animals," a Tripoli port official said late on Thursday.

The ship's operator, Agencia Schandy, told AFP in Montevideo that the Danny F II had a crew of 76 and six passengers -- four Uruguayans, one Brazilian and an Australian.

It had left Montevideo on November 23 with about 10,000 sheep and almost 18,000 cattle bound for Tartus, north of Tripoli, but was forced to change course because of the bad weather.

All of the animals were presumed lost.

A Togolese-flagged ship sank off the southern coast of Lebanon last week. Several crew members were rescued by Israel but a number are still missing and presumed dead.

gail dair (0)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 12:21 am
This is shocking Thanks

. (0)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 6:29 am
Thannnxxx this is horrific.. I hope that the owners of this ship are prosecuted and made to pay in the fullest.. this is so cruel to these poor animals and I hope that they find the people to.. so sad to have such a loss of life

Chris K (1231)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 7:43 am
sadly noted - thank you

gerlinde p (161)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 7:53 am
very sad news.for humans and the poor animals.

Natasha Gordon (70)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 8:18 am
Absolutely horrible.

David R (26)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 11:12 am
Nature is cruel sometimes.The good news is the fish will have plenty to eat and none of it will go to waste.There are carnivores in all eco-systems. My heart goes out to the human victims and there families. Hopefully this will open up an investigation into the transporting of cattle and sheep.

Celene Chen (11)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 12:11 pm
This is sad. I had read about it on BBC and was shocked about all of the losses, both human and animal. At least the marine animals have some food!

Abo r (107)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 1:17 pm
Shocked when heart about it

Aletta Kraan (146)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 1:24 pm
How terrible , noted with sadness !!

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 4:01 pm
they shouldn't have been shipping animals in boats like this in the first place.

Casey Broughton (27)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 4:19 pm
oh my god. how tragic. thank you for the information.

Peggy A (109)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 4:31 pm
28,000 sheep and cattle packed into a ship for a long ocean voyage-what is wrong with people.How do they care for animals under these conditions?I think the answer is that the animals do not fare too well even if they do survive the trip.I can't even look at trucks carrying crates of chickens for killing without feeling sick.This kind of animal transporting must be investigated and found inhumane.

Aimee Osmulski (13)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 4:53 pm
Maybe (hopefully) this has shed some light on a long-ignored subject. Far 2 often these animals are treated "less-than-fairly" but we turn a blind eye. This is Karma's way of trying 2 WAKE US UP!!

Cheryl Ulrich (110)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 4:55 pm
I didn't know much about the live animal export thing either , BMutiny . I did look into it , just briefly , and from what I've read , it's not good .... Sad so many lives were lost ..

Dan S (9)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 5:48 pm
Any loss of life in this manner is sad and unacceptable. But, my heart hurts most for the animals that perished.

. (0)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 6:37 pm
my god those poor animal's,a dangerously over loaded ship sailing into a storm, how god d stupid is that there are day's when i am em barest to be a member of the human species,kristen your wright,and i have never ever heard of a PERFICT TRAGETY?

Shirley S (187)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 6:52 pm
A complete TRAGEDY that should never have happened.

Past Member (0)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 9:38 pm
This should never have happened. Hopefully the standards for space and load will be re-evaluated to prevent this kind of tragedy.

Barbara T (431)
Sunday December 20, 2009, 11:17 pm
"Most of the survivors were Pakistanis and Filipinos"; in other words, the crew tending the ship {and "tending" the animals?} were from poor countries and probably working for next-to-nothing wages; as exploited as the animals were, in their way. {Most probably, NOBODY was "tending" the animals.... how would that be possible, when they were packed into the ship like [dead] sardines!}

This also reminds me of the "Middle Passage", when African SLAVES were packed into the holds of Atlantic-crossing ships in the most "economical", "space-saving" way.

This definitely calls for an International investigation. There are not any International Standards for this, as far as I know. Somehow it has slipped thru, "below the radar"; most people, just like us, did not know or think at all about this "mass shipping of live animals".
Well, NOW we know!

greenplanet e (155)
Monday December 21, 2009, 2:30 am
Live animals are shipped because some countries prefer to receive them that way. A lot of people don't approve of them, due to stress to the animals and such.

greenplanet e (155)
Monday December 21, 2009, 2:31 am

here's a petition on Care2

Patricia C (96)
Monday December 21, 2009, 9:31 am
What a tragedy; noted. Signed the petition Koo J.

Jackie Ford (8)
Tuesday December 22, 2009, 10:08 pm
I feel nothing for the humans.

Did they care about the animals suffering in this ship where it was so overcrowded..... they obviously couldn't move and would be thirsty and hungry? I doubt it.

Hopefully the loss bankrupts the shippers and the suppliers of the animals.
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