Sailor dies as barge carrying ore sinks off Goa beach

February 21st, 2011 - 7:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Panaji, Feb 21 (IANS) A sailor died while six others were rescued Monday when a river barge loaded with iron ore sank while it was being unloaded.A police spokesperson said the barge sank while it was transferring ore from its hull to a trans-shipper mid-sea, off Sinquerim beach.

“One person died and six others were rescued with the help of other sailors on board the trans-shipper,” a police official said.

Hundreds of barges plying the Mandovi and Zuari rivers in Goa transport iron and manganese ore from the hinterland and transport it to awaiting trans-shippers before the cargo is dispatched to ore purchasing countries like China and Japan.

More than 40 million tonnes of ore is exported out of Goa annually.

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