Thiruvananthapuram: An Iranian cargo ship, which probably sank during the Ockhi cyclone in late 2017, was discovered from the bottom of the sea near the coast of Poonthura here by a team of scuba divers.
The scuba divers associated with the NGOs Friends of Marine Life and Scuba Cochin found the ship at a depth of 36m in the sea at a distance of 2.5 km from the coast.
The ship had disappeared from the coast of Vizhinjam and all the efforts done by the ship owner to locate it with the help of the government machinery had failed. It is believed that the ship must have been drifted towards the Poonthura coast.
The scuba divers Robert Panippillai, Arun Aloysius and Olanga said that the mast of the ship was around 5 meters tall. They could not enter the ship because of the nets lying mangled inside the ship.
Local fishermen Joy, Jaison and Johnson had alerted the scuba divers after noticing an increased presence of fish in the area. They had conducted a preliminary search in the area before informing the scuba divers.