The 110 meter long cargo vessel Fortune Life sank in the South China Sea off Vigan City, Philippines. The Fortune Life was headed to Kuching, Malaysia from Taiwan in heavy seas when it suffered water ingress in the engine room. Unable to control the flooding, the crew evacuated the engine room. The Fortune Life lost power and went adrift. The crew requested assistance and the Philippine Coast Guard dispatched two vessels to the scene while three nearby cargo vessels aided in the search and rescue efforts. Reports state the tanker Ashley rescued six crew of the Fortune Life while two other crewmen were also rescued. There were still 11 crew members who were still reported missing. Survivors state the Fortune Life had capsized and sank a short time after the vessel lost power.
The 190 meter long, 55,652 dwt bulk carrier Alam Manis ran aground off Santa Lucia near Candon City, Luzon, Philippines. The Alam Manis was en route with 53,795 tonnes of nickel ore to Surigao when it was struck by several large waves and suffered a cargo shift in its cargo holds No. 1 and 2. Suffering a 14 degree list to starboard, the Alam Manis headed to the nearest port of refuge. A tugboat was requested and arrived on scene. The tug was escorting the Alam Manis to San Fernando when the list increased. The 21 crew on the Alam Manis were evacuated and safely transfered to the tug. The chief mate of the Alam Manis suffered a heart attack. and perished. The Alam Manis was blown ashore and grounded some 300 yards off shore. No reports of pollution released. Reports state the bulker cargo will be stabilized and lightered before it will be refloated and towed to a shipyard.
The 7698 dwt freighter Asia Peace sank in stormy seas in the Luzon Strait, Philippines. The freighter had departed from Papua New Guinea bound for China with a cargo off timber. While off the northeastern Philippines, the Asia Peace was swept by waves four to five meters high. The waves caused the timber cargo to shift resulting in hull plates fracturing. The freighter suffered water ingress and began to list. The crew sent out a distress call and abandoned ship before the vessel sank. The 32573 dwt bulk freighter Yangtze Eternal responded and was able to rescue 20 crewmen from the Asia Peace. Conflicting reports state there was 20 or 25 crew on board at the time.