The 98 meter long, 6532 dwt cargo vessel Hao Xiang 19 capsized and sank in the East China Sea off Luxi Island near Wenzhou, China. The Hao Xiang 19 was headed to Wenzhou from Taizhou with a cargo of steel when it ran aground up on a reef off Luxi Island. The vessel sustained hull damage causing water ingress. Unable to control the flooding, the crew sent out a distress call to authorities. A search and rescue vessel was dispatched to the scene. As the vessel continued to fill with water, the Hao Xiang 19 developed a severe list to starboard. Two crew were able launch the vessel’s life raft, but the list prevented launching lifeboats from the starboard side.
A rescue boat arrived on scene and rescued 11 crew off the Hao Xiang 19 along with the 2 crew from the life raft. No reports of injuries. Reports state the Hao Xiang 19 eventually capsized 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 53 meter long cargo vessel Hong Xing 88 sank in the East China Sea off Wenzhou, China. The Hong Xing 88, loaded with a cargo of sand, dropped anchor in order to ride out Typhoon Haima. The typhoon was too severe and the Hong Xing 88 suffered uncontrolled water ingress. The vessel requested assistance as it sank. The 7 crew on board climbed to the top of the cargo vessel’s superstructure as the Hong Xing 88 sank. All 7 men were later rescued by the China Coast Guard. No reports of injuries.