Posted on May 10, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis

The Vietnamese-flagged General Cargo ship, PHUONG NAM 09 sank in the morning of May the 9th while transiting through the Gulf of Tonkin, off the northern coast of Vietnam.

At approximately 06:45 am, the Hai Phong Coastal Information Station received a distress call from the unfortunate vessel, which had already started sinking, some 16 nautical miles to the east of the Ba Lat and Thai Binh estuaries.

Having successfully received the message, the Vietnamese maritime authorities then dispatched a number of rescue units to assist the sinking vessel while at the same time also transmitting the distress call to nearby ships that had been operating in the area.

Soon after the distress call was made, the six crew members onboard the PHUONG NAM 09 were forced to equip life jackets and abandon ship.

The adverse weather conditions in the area further complicated the rescue attempts. There were reports of thunderstorms, with waves of 0.5m to 1.5m high, which posed a significant danger to the distressed seafarers.

Thankfully, at approximately 11:30 am on the same day, a passing vessel managed to successfully rescue the stranded seafarers, who were then taken onboard, reportedly in good health.

Posted in Safety , Sinking , Vietnam , Asia , Search and Rescue

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