All 20 mariners of general cargo ship Asia Peace were rescued before the vessel sank off northern Philippines.
Panamanian flag M/V ASIA PEACE; with 20 all chinese crewmembers, carrying logs, outer "Asian Peace" (ASIAPEACE) December 5th round encounter stormy seas in the northeastern Philippines, sank 20 Chinese crew members were rescued by nearby vessels YANGTZEETERNAL and NAVIOSORBITER on 11 evening at 20:00.
The timber cargo hit the shell plate and damaged the hull
According to the rescued crew of Panama-registered cargo ship ASIA PEACE with a total of 20 crew members, all Chinese crewmen left the ship carrying logs bound for China, from Papua New Guinea DARU Zhangjiagang Port. At 14:39 on December 5, sailing through rough seas off northeastern Philippines suffered due to scattered timber ship loading, tilted hull, cargo hold started to take in water, 20 crew immediately sent out mayday to save themselves.Worse, the water timber was four or five meters high waves swept the beat hit the boat, a huge impact will ship broke a large hole in the hull water seriously, the crew on the ship tilted, at any time into the sea, the situation is very urgent, the captain immediately launched the emergency response, issued a distress alert.Come to the rescue ship around the sea From the "Asian Peace" round more than 30 sea miles of "Yangtze Eternal" round first signal received salvage immediately reported to the relevant parties, full shipwreck site of the incident bound to carry out rescue work.
Near the sea was churning waves, severe distress tilt the hull, rescue very difficult task, in the "Asian Peace" long command ship, the older crew before boarding, batch lifeboats heading "Yangtze eternal" round.In the boarding process, due to a large surge of panic and distress crew lifeboat capsize, "Cheung eternal" life buoy to the ship who immediately fell into the water to rescue the crew on board were killed, 15 crew members were rescued.Five crew members onboard sank eventually rescued stayTo keep the freighter, the "Asian Peace" led by long boat mate, two, wheels and a long stick to the hull sailor, a final effort. Two captain negotiation of "Yangtze Eternal" vessel near the "Asian Peace" round, by the crew to see each other play-throwing machine trying to stabilize the hull.However, due to the big waves repeatedly throwing not successful this time, accelerated sinking ship, 20:40 minutes, the "Asian Peace" completely sank, a huge swirl around the hull, the boat's five crew onboard sucked by the sea, dead or alive.Yangtze Eternal ship and came round to avoid the outer NAVIOSORBITER sea and sunken timber back and forth in the incident area search, the search in the dark waters of nearly three hours, the final four crew members were "Yangtze eternal" wheel rescued, there is a NAVIOSORBITER round crew members were rescued, 20 Chinese crew members were rescued.The ship's second officer told police the accident, after the ship sank, and he wore a life jacket to swim non-stop, because the dark night, the sea too much debris, rescue boats can not see him, he was in the upper reaches of the sea in three more than an hour, and finally got close to the boat rescue."Wreck that moment I felt that I must be dead this time, I would like my son, he was a year old, I run outside year round boat have not seen him ......" He rubbed his eyes hard, bare back full of scars.
Shekou border opened emergency "green channel"Distress crew lose all valid documents in the shipwreck,
Shekou border police opened emergency on everything "green channel", to advance to the starfish boat dock berth No. 1 pick, "Cheung eternal" after the number of berthing, immediately boarding and inspection onboard research on the verification of the identity of the rescued crew, rapid immigration formalities, let distress crew home safely as soon as possible.