…As Cargo ship with coal runs aground, flooded, in South China sea***
Cargo ship CHANG XIN with 9 crew on board issued distress signal at 2150 Beijing time Nov 20, reporting sinking near Chuanshi Island, Minjiang River estuary, Fuzhou, China, Taiwan Strait waters.
According to reports, the ship started to take in water and sank, after collision with unidentified vessel.
Fujian MRCC sent SAR boats and helicopter to disaster site.
In the morning Nov 21 helicopter spotted a life raft with 6 crew, 1 crew swam to the shore, 2 crew went missing.
In the meantime, cargo ship loaded with coal ran aground while approaching coal terminal of a Power Plant, South China sea, on a weekend.
Attempts to refloat by own means failed, weather deteriorated, battered by wind and swell ship started to take on water.
After engine room was flooded and the ship listed some 20 degrees, Captain issued distress signal on Nov 20.
All were rescued. Owner is tasked with refloating the ship.