One person is believed to have died helping to free the Ever Given vessel, according to the Suez Canal Authority
- The Suez Canal Authority said one person died during the Ever Given rescue operation in March.
- In a Facebook post, the SCA said “one death” was among the authority’s “biggest losses”.
- The circumstances surrounding the person’s reported death are unclear.
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The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) recently revealed that a person is believed to have died during the six day operation which finally freed the enormous container ship Ever Given from a sandbank in April.
In many statements on the official SCA Facebook page, Posted from May 26 to 27, the canal authorities listed the damage suffered as a result of the incident.
Among them, he notes “one death, the sinking of one of our rescue boats and 48 ships having to find alternative routes”.
In another statement posted on Facebook, the authority said: “The losses highlighted by the SC authority due to the Ever Given stranding crisis incident that can be seen are the damage suffered by a number of participating marine units and the sinking of one of the marine SCA. units during rescue operations, resulting in the death of one of the participants.
It is not known who died and how exactly this reported death occurred. There is also no trace of a tug or marine unit that sank during the operation.
The insider contacted the SCA for more information, but did not receive a response in time for the post.
The Japanese container ship Ever Given made the headlines in March after being stranded on the single-track stretch in a sandstorm, blocking the Suez Canal for six days and significantly disrupting world trade.
Lawyers acting on behalf of the Japanese company Shoei Kisen Kaisha, which owns the vessel, said SCA was responsible for Ever Given’s grounding as they allowed it to enter the canal in inclement weather conditions.
The accusation comes as Egyptian officials have asked the company to pay compensation of $ 600 million for disturbances caused by blocking. They originally requested $ 916 million.
However, the ship’s insurer has stated that this amount is still too high.
The huge container ship is currently still impounded in Great Amer Lake, a body of water about 30 miles from where it first got stuck.