Posted on December 10, 2018 by Ilias Kiritsis
Chinese-flagged freighter, Rui Xing Lun, sank in the Bohai sea, northwest of Weifang, Shandong province, in the afternoon of December the 8th at approximately 16:00 Beijing time.
As a result of the accident, one person has died, and one is still missing.
The Rui Xing Lun, started facing problems due to adverse weather conditions in the area, namely high waves amidst a snowstorm.
The vessel crashed on rocks, and as a result, the superstructure was completely torn off the vessel and proceeded to sink in the sea along with the rest of the ship’s stern.
Thankfully, the vessel had managed to issue a distress call right before it was torn apart, which was picked up by the Beihai Search and Rescue authorities.
A helicopter and a patrol vessel were sent to investigate the scene, and alongside other vessels in the area that had joined in the search and rescue attempts, managed to evacuate nine crew members in total.
One man died upon being rescued, and one is still considered missing.
Authorities have launched a full search and rescue operation, that is still currently underway.
There is reportedly an oil leak in the area, but it has been fenced off by booms.