PANAMIAN CARGO VESSEL SINKS OFF VIGAN, 11 CREW MEMBERS MISSING

PORT SALOMAGUE, Cabugao, Ilocos Sur–A Panamian-flagged cargo vessel, M/V Fortune Life, with 19 crew-members reportedly sank at sea, 130 nautical miles north of Vigan City in Ilocos Sur last Friday.

The Coast Guard Action Center here received the information of the sinking from the China Maritime Rescue and Coordinating Center, which received a distress alert (SOS) from the cargo ship.

CGAC notified the Cost Guard District Northwestern Luzon and alerted patrol boats BRP San Juan SARV-003 and MCS-3007, for possible search and rescue operation, and coordinated with MRCC and Taiwan MRCC.

Latest reports from the MRCC said that six crew members of the cargo ship have been rescued by the M/V Ashley Lady, while two others who were identified as Chinese, were retrieved by M/V Nord Delphinus and MT Tak Tal, foreign ships of unknown registry.

It was not clear what caused the sinking of the M/V Fortune Life, which was reportedly loaded with 7,500 tons of feldspar, a kind of mineral ore used in the construction and manufacturing industry.

It left the port in Kaohsiung, Taiwan and was en route to Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.

As of this writing, it was learned that Rescue 64 (Aircraft Fix-Wing) departed from Hongkong for an aerial survey of the area where the cargo ship sank to guide ships for a possible rescue of the 11 missing crew members. William Jun Garcia/NorthboundPH