A total of 60 people are feared drowned, after their ship capsized, off the remote island of Socotra in Yemen, announced the country's ministry of fisheries on Wednesday.

The Ministry's statement said, the ship went missing around 25 miles from the remote island of Socotra, five days ago, as it headed from the south-eastern province of Hadramout, towards Socotra, with 60 people on board, including children.

Yemeni Fisheries Minister, Fahid Kafayen, said on his official Facebook account that, "four civilians were rescued by Spanish and Yemeni commercial ships, that we were sailing in the area."

The Yemeni minister said that, "the search operation is still ongoing, and we are still looking for other survivors."

Yemen's Prime Minister, Bin Dagher, issued orders to form a committee, to follow up on the incident and cooperate with coast guard forces, to rescue the civilians.

Another source said that, Yemen's internationally-backed government asked commanders of the Saudi-led Arab coalition, to assist in the search operation.


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