Posted on January 22, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Chinese flagged cargo ship, Zhong Xing 689, reportedly sank while sailing through the Taiwan Strait, in the early morning hours of January 21st.
The Chinese vessel was sailing off the coast of Zhangzhou city, when it sent out a distress call, at approximately 3:30 am.
The vessel started showing signs of water ingress in the ship’s cabin. Shortly after, the crew of 12 seafarers aboard the vessel were forced to jump overboard, as there was no time to get on a lifeboat before the ship started sinking.
China’s Fujian Maritime Safety administration immediately launched a search and rescue operation, that involved a number of SAR ships and helicopters, and was supported by local fishing vessels operating in the area.
Out of the crew of 12, eleven have been rescued. Five seafarers were picked up by the East China Sea Rescue Bureau while another six were rescued by good Samaritan vessels in the area.
Search and rescue operations continue in the area, in order to locate the remaining missing crewmember.
We don’t yet know what could have led to the ship sinking.
Early reports suggest that the strong winds in the area might have caused navigational problems, leading to the ship being damaged after travelling too close to the shoreline.