11 Missing in Philippine Ship Accident


The Philippines Coast Guard has confirmed 11 people missing after a Panama-flagged cargo ship entitled the MV Fortune Life sank in the South China Sea off the Philippines, according to gCaptain.

A recent update by the Coast Guard detailed that a total of eight crewmembers had been rescued, although 11 remain missing.

The ship reportedly sunk around 130 nautical miles West of Vigan City in the Philippines.

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7,500 metric tons of cargo was said to have been in transit from Kaohsiung, Taiwan to Kuching, Sarawak in Malaysia.

According to Rappler, Hong Kong company Aircraft Rescue 44 is currently carrying out an ‘aerial survey’ to determine the location of the other lost crewmembers.

PTI previously reported an incident involving 32 people that went missing aboard the El Faro container ship, after it collided with hurricane Joaquin.

The search has since been ceased by the US Coast Guard, following the loss of communication with the missing ship.

The wreckage, which was believed to be remnants of the El Faro ship, were found at a depth of around 4,500 metres in the Atlantic Ocean.

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