Cargo ship capsized, 5 crew rescued, 10 missing

Taiwanese rescuers were alerted at around 0830 Taiwan Time Jan 2 by a distress message – general cargo ship LONDON reported capsized some 80 nm northeast of Pengjia islet, small island NE of northernmost Taiwan tip. SAR was launched to rescue 15 crew (14 Myanmar and 1 Taiwan nationalities). According to latest evening updates, 5 crew were rescued, mainly by fishing vessels, 10 crew remain in distress awaiting rescue. Status and condition of the ship unknown. LONDON was to call Taichung port Taiwan for bunkering, and then resume voyage from Kaohsiung to Busan Korea, ETA Dec 28.
General cargo ship LONDON, IMO 9218698, dwt 3366, built 2000, flag Palau, manager Central Rise LTD, Seychelles / Fairwind Navigation Taiwan.

 

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