On February 26, contact was lost with the 700 ton squid fishing vessel Hsiang Fu Chun. The Hsiang Fu Chun and its 49 crew was sailing in the South Atlantic some 1,700 miles off the Falkland Islands when it contacted its owners. The vessel reported it was taking on water from the deck when contact was lost. Weather conditions in the area were reported to be poor. Authorities state that the Hsiang Fu Chun was equipped with an emergency beacon, but no signal was sent. Because of its remote location, the search for the fishing vessel has been limited. Three other fishing vessels in the area have been mobilized in the search effort.