…As 1 sand carrier capsized, 1 sank, 12 crew missing, Taiwan Strait***
A crew member died on board a crude oil tanker off South Africa, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said.
On October 5, 2019, NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew were activated by Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) following reports of a male seafarer suffering a medical emergency aboard an unnamed ship approaching Mossel Bay, Western Cape, and requesting urgent medical assistance.
NSRI prepared to launch sea rescue craft when informed that the sailor, a Turkish national, had passed away.
NSRI Mossel Bay duty crew, accompanied by paramedics, police and forensicists, launched the NSRI sea rescue craft and reached the ship offshore Mossel Bay.
The body of the deceased, believed to have died of natural causes, was taken into the care of Police and the Forensic Pathology Services and brought to shore at Mossel Bay. It is in the care of the Government Health Forensic Pathology Services, NSRI added.
In the meantime, two mainland China cargo ships issued distress signal in Taiwan Strait in or near Penghu islands waters, Taiwan, in the morning Oct 6.
Taiwanese, Hong Kong and Chinese rescuers were engaged in joint SAR operation. Cargo ship HONGBO capsized, 12 crew are missing.
JIA LIANG sank, but rescuers managed to rescue 13 crew. SAR still going on, rescuers trying to find out if any people are alive, being trapped inside capsized HONGBO.
Both ships are long-time suspects in illegal sand trade.
World Maritime News with additional reports from Fleetmon