While on a voyage from Aden to Jakarta,
carrying a cargo of kerosene jet fuel,
the Liberian motor tanker Aviles broke in two,
exploded and caught fire and then sank in the Arabian Sea
about 280 miles NW of Cochin in lat 13.00N, long 68.36E
on June 28, 1979, during near-gale force weather conditions.
Twelve persons died.
The 27 survivors were rescued by the lifeboats
of the steam tanker Esso Scotia which took them on board,
subsequently landing them at Dubai.