Source: China State Council Information Office
Fifteen crew members including 11 Chinese sailors were missing after a Panamanian-flagged ship sank off southern Vietnam’s Binh Thuan Province on Thursday, Vietnamese media reported.
The cargo ship, carrying clay from Malaysia to China’s Hong Kong, was in the waters near Binh Thuan at 4:30 p.m. local time when its captain told border guard forces of the province’s Phu Quy Island that the vessel was tilting due to the clay leaning on one side, local media VnExpress cited the Binh Thuan border guard forces as saying.
The ship was permitted to dock at Phu Quy Island, but then listed and sank about 1.5 nautical miles away from the island’s port, the report said, adding that four Vietnamese crew members aboard the vessel were also missing.
The Binh Thuan border guard forces and the Phu Quy search and rescue station had dispatched ships to the scene to rescue the sailors. No one was found as of 6:30 p.m. local time, the report said.
The search radius had been expanded to 3 to 5 nautical miles from the scene of the accident, and additional ships had been deployed, according to the report.