On October 2, the 70 meter long cargo vessel Ying Hai capsized and sank in the Taiwan Strait south of the Penghu Islands, Taiwan. The Ying Hai was en route to Busan, South Korea from Kaohsiung when a cargo of containers. During the voyage in heavy seas several containers shifted on the Ying Hai. Several containers fell overboard and the cargo vessel developed a list. The crew alerted authorities and abandoned ship. Helicopters and search and rescue vessels were dispatched to the scene. Rescue boats attempted to take the Ying Hai under tow, but rough conditions made it impossible. All 9 crew were evacuated by helicopters off the Ying Hai as the list continued to increase. No reports of injuries.
The next day the Ying Hai continued to list until it rolled over on its side. The cargo vessel quickly flooded and sank.
The 71 meter long, 1600 dwt cargo vessel Jian Hong No. 1 sank in the Taiwan Strait near Wenzhou, China. The Jian Hong No. 1 was en route to South Korea from Taichung with a cargo of sugar when it sank between Taiwan and Wenzhou. The crew was able to send out a distress call before the vessel sank. A dual search and rescue operation from China and Taiwan found two crew members of the Jian Hong No. 1 alive. The two were pulled from the sea and hoisted to safety by search helicopters. Eight crew were still reported as missing. The cause of the sinking was not reported. The Mongolian registered vessel was built in 1980 and may have suffered hull failure during the voyage.
The 97 meter long, 6948 dwt cargo vessel Xin Dong Yuan sank in the Taiwan Strait off Pintang Island, China. The Xing Dong Yuan had collided with another cargo vessel and quickly sank. Authorities were alerted and a search and rescue operation was deployed. Over 20 vessels and aircraft searched for the 14 crew of the Xing Dong Yuan. Four crew were rescued and four bodies were recovered. The name of the second vessel in the collision was not disclosed.