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The Namibian coast is known for thick sea mists, pounding waves and hidden rocks and can be quite perilous to ships and boats. The shore line plays host to the rusting hulks of vessels run aground hence it's name the Skeleton Coast.

The ship pictured here is the "Zeila". A rather unusual story surrounds this wreck.

In September 2008, the dilapidated and weather beaten ‘Zeila’ drifted off into the night after her towline broke and she was disengaged from her holding vessel ‘Lara’. Both vessels were destined for the scrap yard and on their ‘final voyage.’
On board the trawler, cut loose from the Walvis Bay area, were two Indian crew members, who spent a night of hell at sea as the dilapidated ship was tossed into the darkness and left to drift at the mercy of the swirling seas.
Stripped to its shell, the skeleton ship offered the men no comfort nor any hope of survival, with their rescue equipment consisting only of a hand held walkie talkie and a life jacket.
But the break of dawn offered some hope to the terrified men, who spotted dry land and a group of fishermen standing on the beach.
Eventually the men were rescued but the ship remains testament to the perils at sea.

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