At Least 1 Dead After 2 Cargo Ships Collide in East China

By MarEx 2013-02-27 10:08:00

At least one crewmember is dead after two cargo ships collided and sank in the Minjiang River estuary in East China's Fujian province early Wednesday morning, according to China Daily.

A total of 8 crewmen from both vessels were rescued. All five mariners from the FUHANG 89 are safe; three men that were aboard the YONGDESHENG 168 were also successfully rescued. One has been confirmed dead from the YONGDESHENG 168.

Officials are attempting to verify the exact number of crewmembers that were onboard the YONGDESHENG 168 at the time of the collision. Other reports have stated that 7 are still missing, but this has not been confirmed.

Rescue ships and helicopters are still on scene. An investigation has been launched into the cause of this incident.