Posted on September 23, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The crew of the Mongolian-flagged General Cargo Ship, VANWAH had to abandon their vessel after being caught in Typhoon Tapah.
The incident occurred during the early morning hours of September the 21st as the vessel was transiting through the East China Sea.
At approximately 01:20 am in the morning, the vessel came into contact with rocks; the collision took place near a series of Islands located northeast of Zhoushan, China.
As a result, the vessel developed a heavy list on its starboard side. The crew proceeded to immediately issue a distress signal which was thankfully picked up by the Zhejian Maritime Search and rescue Center.
The Search & Rescue vessels, Sea Patrol 0735, DONG HAI JIU 102 and DONG HAI JIU 117 arrived at the site of the incident at approximately 04:20 am and proceeded to rescue all 15 crew members within the next 2 hours.
The majority of the crew had already abandoned the vessel and was onboard a life raft, however, one seafarer had to be rescued from the sea.
There is currently no further information as to the status of the vessel and whether she sank or remains aground.
The ship was crewed by 7 Chinese and 8 Myanmar nationals at the time of the incident.
It was reported that at the time, waves were reaching heights of about 3-4 meters.