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Food poisoning kills 12 onboard Chinese bulker

Twelve crewmembers have died of suspected food poisoning onbord bulk carrier Wu Zhou 8 offshore Vietnam.

The Chinese-flagged 76,000 dwt bulker requested emergency medical assistance after its crew of 21 suddenly fell ill about 63 miles to the southeast of Con Dao island, Ba Ria-Vung Tau province.

Vietnamese authorities dispatched helicopters to bring the victims to a hospital onshore, but by the time the rescue team arrived, 10 crewmembers were already dead. Another two died on the way to a hospital on Con Dao island.

Local media reported, citing Vietnamese officials, that the remaining nine also critically ill crewmembers have been saved, of which six have regained consciousness.

Wu Zhou 8 was carrying goods from Thailand to China. A rescue vessel has been sent to tow the abandoned bulker to a safe location. The exact cause of food poisoning is still under investigation.

According to Equasis, the vessel is owned by Chaozhou Xingwang Shipping and managed by Cosco Shipping Seafarer Management.

Adis Ajdin

Adis is an experienced news reporter with a background in finance, media and education. He has written across the spectrum of offshore energy and ocean industries for many years and is a member of International Federation of Journalists. Previously he had written for Navingo media group titles including Offshore Energy, Subsea World News and Marine Energy.
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