The 14205 dwt freighter Phu Tan capsized and sank in the South China Sea while sailing from Danang to Haiphong, Vietnam. The vessel was hit by a severe gale with 100 km per hour winds and 6 meter waves. The vessel reported losing engine power and water ingress. The Phu Tan had 25 crew onboard with 2 passengers. Reports to the fate of the crew are conflicting. One report states 26 survivors and 1 death while another states 2 rescued and 25 are listed as missing. Some confusion is result of six additional fishing vessel sinking as well.
- Report: 27 fishermen missing in South China Sea – CNN (news.google.com)
- 27 fishermen missing after boat capsizes off China (foxnews.com)
- 27 fishermen missing as boat sinks in S.China Sea (thehimalayantimes.com)