Posted on November 21, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Taiwanese-flagged Fishing Vessel, CHANG XIN sank during the evening hours of November the 20th after a collision with another vessel in the Strait of Taiwan, East China Sea.
The incident occurred at approximately 2150 hours, Beijing time. According to initial reports, the ship collided with another vessel in the vicinity of Chuanshi Island, near the Minjang River estuary, Fuzhou, China.
There’s limited information as to the nature of the collision at this time. Reportedly, following the collision, the vessel started to take on water at a rapid rate and proceeded to sink under the waters.
The identity of the 2nd vessel involved in the incident is not known at this point in time.
The Fujian Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) received a distress call from the sinking vessel and proceeded to dispatch a number of rescue ships and helicopters to the accident site.
During the morning of November, the 21st, rescue teams onboard a helicopter spotted a life raft carrying 6 crew members in the vicinity of the sinking site.
One of the crew members of the unfortunate vessel had managed to swim ashore, however, 2 seafarers are still considered missing as of writing.