Posted on December 18, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Chinese Cargo Ship, HUA XIA 68 sank during the afternoon hours of December the 16th while transiting through the East China Sea.
The incident occurred approximately southwest of Nanji Island, part of China’s Wenzhou Province.
According to initial reports, the vessel had been transiting from Fujian to Shanghai with a cargo of sand and gravel when it started experiencing water ingress.
As a result of the water ingress, the vessel started sinking, prompting the Master of the vessel to give the order to abandon ship.
The 11 seafarers onboard the Hua Xia proceeded to board the vessel’s life rafts. Having received a distress call, the Wenzhou Rescue Center dispatched a series of Search & Rescue boats to assist the crew of the sinking vessel.
Thankfully, all 11 seafarers were successfully rescued some hours later, at approximately 1540 hours, by a cargo ship that had been operating in the area. They were later transferred onto a Search & Rescue boat who brought them ashore.
The Hua Xia 68 proceeded to sink, and by 1730 hours, the majority of the vessel was beneath the water.