The 1368 dwt freighter Soon Bee II foundered in the South China Sea near Kuala Rajang, Borneo. The vessel capsized in heavy seas while onroute from Kuching and Sarikei . Ten of the 18 crewmen onboard were rescued. The Malaysian agencies are conducting a search for the 8 missing men. Reports state the vessel had made an emergency call because the vessel had water ingress. The Soon Bee II had been sailing for 41 years before it sank.
The 499 dwt tanker Seiyoh capsized and sank in the Sea of Japan. The tanker left Oita, Japan bound for Niigata with a cargo of vinyl acetate monomer. The vessel developed a list as it was pounded by high winds and 12-16 foot waves. The vessel’s engine room flooded and the crew abandoned ship. Reports state that 4 of the 5 crewmen onboard were rescued, but one perished later from cardiopulmonary arrest. The master of the vessel is reported missing.
The fishing vessel Partner sank in the Tatar Strait (Tatarskiy Strait). The vessel was able to send a distress signal, but did not have an EPIRB to provide to its location. Reports state the weather was strong winds, temperature below zero and waves between 12 -16 feet. Two cargo vessels and a plane searched the area, but found no survivors. Reports state 3 bodies have been recovered on Sakhalin Island with one in a survival suit on an inflatable life raft. The trawler may have had 11 to 14 men onboard when it went down.