Posted on December 02, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
�The Vietnamese-flagged General Cargo Ship, TOAN PHAT 68 sank during the morning hours of November the 30th while transiting through the South China Sea.
The incident occurred at approximately 10:50 am LT, some 4 nautical miles off the port of Quy Nhon, located in Vietnam’s Bin Dinh Province.
The vessel, which had been transporting 3000 tons of cement from Hai Phong to Can Tho at the time, was caught in adverse weather conditions while transiting through the area.
Reportedly, the capsizing could have been caused due to a possible cargo shift occurring in the middle of the storm.
As soon as the vessel started listing, the crew of 11 seafarers aboard the cargo ship proceeded to abandon the vessel, climbing on board the ship’s life rafts.
Unfortunately, the search & rescue operation was complicated due to the adverse weather conditions in the area with waves reaching heights of 3.5-4 metres high.
Thankfully, however, the distressed crew members were all saved at approximately 11:55 LT, by a boat that was part of the search & rescue team.
Regretfully, the Master of the vessel experienced a cardiac attack during the incident and was found floating in the water, some 2 miles off the accident area suffering from cardiac arrest & apnoea.
The onboard medical team tried to administer first aid to the Master of the vessel but unfortunately failed to resuscitate the unfortunate seafarer.