The Indian motor bulk carrier Kairali,
having loaded a cargo of 20,583 tons of iron ore,
sailed from Murmugao, west coast of India,
on June 30, 1979, with a 51 man crew,
bound for Rostok, Easy Germany via Djibouti,
where she was due to arrive on July 8 for bunkers.
She reported her position at noon on July 2
to lat 15.45N, long 68.40E
with the last message being received
from the master timed at 8.55 pm, Indian Standard Time
on July 3.
However, no position was indicated.
The weather for that part of the Arabian Sea on July 3
was reported to have been winds of 35-40 knots,
with scattered showers and squalls,
and the sea being very rough with waves up to 20 feet.
Extensive searchs found no trace of either the crew
or the Kairali.