8 Missing as Cargo Ship Sinks in East China Sea

A major search and rescue operation is underway in the East China Sea as a cargo ship sunk leaving up to 9 crew members missing.

The Taiwanese and Chinese Navy have joined rescue teams from both nations in the hunt for the crew of JIAN HONG.

The ship issued a distress call on the evening of the 28 January. Helicopters were sent once Taiwanese rescuers and military were alerted at 2203 LT.

2 crew members have been safely rescued. These included one Taiwanese and one Indonesian national.

A conflict in local media reporting across China and Taiwan means at this point it is unclear whether there are 8 or 9 seafarers still unaccounted for.

It is believed the missing crew include 1 Chinese national, 5 Indonesians, and 4 people from Myanmar.

The ship was transporting sugar from Taichung Taiwan to South Korea when she sank 80 nm northwest of Taipei, between northern Taiwan and Wenzhou, China.