Cargo ship sinks off Vietnam, crew rescued

By Accidents

Ten mariners have been rescued by a near-by passing fishing boat off Quang Ngai, Vietnam.

On January 18th their 1,599-DWT Xuan Lam 10 general cargo ship, sailing under a Vietnam flag, was caught in heavy weather conditions while en route from Quang Binh to Phu Yen, Vietnam. Strong waves and high winds caused Xuan Lam 10 to capsize, as initially water rushed in on board around 9:00 pm.

The ten men crew attempted to pump out the water unsuccessfully. When it became obvious the pumping would fail after 3 hours of efforts, the crew gave a mayday signal and left the vessel shortly before it sank, 1.4 miles off Quang Ngai (Lat. 15 10 N Long. 108 55E).

The distress call was received by a fishing vessel, Qng 91007, which was close to the scene. Having reacted promptly, the managed to save 10 lives. None of the distressed mariners was injured. The rescued crew was safely brought ashore and was examined by medics.

The Vietnamese authorities has opened an investigation to clear the cause for the sinking of the vessel built just in 2011.