A Vietnamese coal transport ship sank amid strong gales in the East Sea on March 13, with 3 of the crew reported dead and another four missing, according to China’s Xinhua News Agency.
The East Sea Rescue Bureau under China’s Ministry of Transport said the Vietnamese vessel with seven crewmen on board was confirmed to have sunk at around 9:30pm (local time) about 22 nautical miles southwest of Fangcheng Port, in China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
The Chinese bureau dispatched the rescue vessel ‘Nanhaijiu 196’ to the area immediately after being notified that the ship was in danger of sinking.
The rescue vessel and a helicopter arrived at the site early on March 14, where winds of 90km per hour were assumed to have been the catalyst behind the vessels’ disastrous end, and began search and rescue operations.
As of midday on March 14, rescuers had found three bodies in the area. Another four remain missing.