The vessel EDRO III, flying the flag of Sierra Leone, ran aground to Cyprus in the area of the Maritime Caves off Pegeia in the county of Paphos,on 8 October 2011, during a storm with rough seas and following the failure of the engine which prevented her from being controlled. The shipwreck occurred during a voyage from Cyprus, Limassol, to Rhodes with a cargo of plasterboard. The ship had a crew of nine sailors including the commander: seven of Albanian nationality and two of Egyptian nationality. Rescue was activated quickly, and thanks a British military helicopter present in Cyprus, the crew was saved. relitto nave edro iii
The EDRO III was a merchant ship, built in 1966 by the Kaldness Mekasiske Verksted shipyard in Tønsberg in Norway, more than 80 meters long with a tonnage of about 2,300-2,500 tons. The ship lies on the sea rocks at an angle of 11-12 degrees near the Sea Caves area. The task of safely removing all diesel, hydrocarbons and marine pollutants on board the ship and making the hull watertight was entrusted to the German company CIMEXTA Vessel Salvage Company and a Cypriot marine salvage company. This work was completed in October 2013. Due to the danger involved, approaching and boarding the ship is strictly prohibited.
The municipality of Peyia, which is the regional administrative authority where Edro III resides, reported that there were several studies and attempts to tow the wreck to a scrap yard, but due to the difficulties encountered, the attempt was abandoned and the ship is still in place. In the area there had been the shipwreck of the ship Demetrios II in 1998 carrying a load of timber and which is currently located near the archaeological site of the Tombs of the Kings.
Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean after Sicily and Sardinia, moreover it is located in an area of intense maritime traffic, since ancient times, and this has led to a high probability of shipwrecks; in fact around the island there are numerous sunken ships from all eras.