The ship MV Benita, which was under tow en route from Mauritius to India, has sunk approximately 93.5 nautical miles from Mauritius at 1730 LT today at a charted depth of 4,400 meters.
The vessel turned over by the stern at approximately 1335 local time today after having earlier taken a severe stern trim, necessitating tug Ionian Sea FOS to activate the tow line quick release system in anticipation of Benita’s imminent sinking.
No one was on board the vessel at the time of the incident and all the crew from the tug are safe and accounted for.
No debris or pollution was observed around the vessel and the IONIAN SEA FOS will remain on site to monitor further for signs of any pollution at first light tomorrow.
MV Benita grounded on the 17th June off Mahebourg, Mauritius and was re-floated on 23rd July following extensive repair work by FOS.