Search and Rescue Underway off Christmas Island - 88 rescued, 8 missing

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Rescue operation is underway following the capsizing of a ship on July 12, Friday night about 87 n.m. north of Christmas Island.

According to the initial reports received by the Rescue Coordination Centre Australia (RCC Australia) of Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) at nearly 9:15 a.m. UTC on Friday suggested the ship was in need of assistance.

Additional assistance was requested from Border Protection Command at 10:31 a.m. UTC to locate the ship and subsequently RCC Australia issued an urgency broadcast to shipping in the region at about 1:05 a.m. UTC.

An oil tanker ship responded to the broadcast and reported the ship was making way. ACV Triton vessel was tasked to respond and arrived on scene at about 8 a.m. UTC on Friday and boarded the ship.

The ship capsized about 10:30 p.m. AEST. A total of 88 people have been safely rescued from the ship, there is 1 deceased and an estimated 8 people still missing.

A search of a 285 square nautical miles involving 2 contracted aircraft and a Defence P3 Orionbegan at first light. HMAS Bathurst and HMAS Albany remain in the zone and have been searching for the missing 8 people.