The 272 gt passenger ship Kanzam Express (possibly the formerly Royal Ferry IMO: 9137375) sank off Itbayat Island in Batanes, Philippines. The ferry was near Itbayat with seven crew when it began to sink by the stern. As the bow lifted out of the water, the crew remained on deck when the passing 190 meter long bulk carrier Ingrid C came to the rescue. The bulk carrier rescued five of the seven crew. Two crew were reported as still missing. The Philippine Coast Guard dispatched a search and rescue team to the area where the Kanzam Express sank. The cause of the water ingress and later sinking had not yet been reported.
The bulk freighter Nasco Diamond foundered north of the Batanes in the Philippines and south of Iriomote island, Japan. Three crewmen of the 25 onboard were rescued. They reported there was a sudden ingress of water near the engine room. This caused the vessel to capsize and quickly sink. Reports state that weather was calm, moderate seas and good visibility. Life rafts and traces of an oil slicked on the sea have been spotted, but no reports of finding other survivors. The bulk carrier left Indonesia bound for China with a cargo of nickel ore.
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