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Bulkcarrier capsized, 15 rescued, 11 crew members missing

Bulkcarrier capsized, 15 rescued, 11 crew members missing

Bulkcarrier capsized, 15 rescued, 11 crew members missing
14 October 2017 - 00:00 - Update: 15 October 2017 - 21:52


The "Emerald Star" capsized and sank in the morning of Oct 13, 2017, around 7 a.m. east of the Luzon Strait 151 nautical miles northeast of Sta. Ana, Cagayan, in the Pacific. The vessel was en route from Buli, where she had set sail on Oct 8, to Lianyungang with a cargo of nickel ore, which may have liquefyed and thus caused the ship to capsize. Last known position on Oct 12 at 8 p.m. was 18 15N 124 50E. The typhoon Odette churned in the region 600 km south of Ishigaki island of Okinawa prefecture at that time. 11 Indian crew members were still missing. There were 26 Indian nationals on board when the ship sent a distress signal at 2 a.m. 280 kilometres east of the northern tip of the Philippines which was received by the Japanese coastguard. Three other vessels sailing near the area rescued 15 crew members. The Japanese coastguard dispatched two patrol boats and three planes to the site but the typhoon made a rescue difficult. The bulkcarrier "Densa Cobra" (IMO: 9460643) also joined the SAR operation. The rescued were identified as Suresh Kumar, Alang Ram, Karuppiah Rangasamy, Subash Lourdusamy, Bosun Mohammad Irfan Mansuri, Sathishi, Ram Kailash, Lai Renjith, Kigin, Jegal Sen Vendran, Cheole, Ramay, Karthikayan and two others both named Parash.    

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