The captain of a Chinese fishing vessel has been found dead after the ship sunk along the Western coast of Ghana – nine members of the crew still missing.
On 7 May, the MV Comforter II fishing vessel sunk in the sea waters between Elmina and Takoradi, Ghana.
The crew reportedly experienced some difficulties while hauling a net that had too many fish in it. Around that same time, unfavourable weather conditions made it impossible for the crew to maintain the ship’s balance.
A rescue mission began with the nearby vessel – Menghxin 6 – later joined by the Ghana Navy.
According to Captain Abdul Nasir of the Ghana Maritime Authority, 16 members of the crew have been rescued and are currently undergoing treatment while 9 remain missing – including the observer on board.
As the vessel has been reported to be quite far from the coast, Nasir stated that chances of finding the sailors are very slim.
Nasir addressed ongoing safety issues with fishing vessels, adding that the incident should prompt actions from owners.