Thirty-four Indian sailors and four Pakistani crew have been stranded aboard two oil tankers for more than two months off the coast of Kandla, in west India, because of unpaid wages and a legal dispute between ship owners and a UAE chartering company. One sailor tried to jump into the sea on Tuesday distressed that he had not sent money home because he had not been paid for six months. Rations ran so low last week that the captains of Nautical Global VII and Nautical Global XVI made SOS calls to the Kandla port authority pleading for food and water. Both tankers were “arrested”, or restricted to the area, on February 27 by an Indian court order after a maritime claim for damages was filed by the chartering company Nautical Global Ship Management, based in Dubai, against Ajman-based owners Gulf Shipping Services. “The man was suffering because he talks to his daughter who is crying because there is no food to eat and he thinks, ‘What is the use of being alive if I can’t take care of a small child?’ He was ready to jump when an alarm was raised and we reached him in time to talk to him,” said Capt Suchittar Kumar Sharma, of Nautical Global XVI, from anchorage about 15 nautical miles from Kandla.