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General cargo ship sinks near Fujian, one missing

Chinese general cargo ship Zhong Xing 689 sank near Pingtan of Fujian yesterday, while it was sailing from Shantou to Pingtan.

The ship sank shortly after the crew found water ingress in the ship cabin. The 12 crew had to jump into the ocean after they found there was no time to get on the lifeboat.

Fujian Maritime Rescue Center sent two patrol boats and two helicopters and coordinated several nearby vessels to join the search and rescue operations, while issuing alerts to vessels in the region to avoid the incident site.

Eleven out of the 12 crew have been rescued, while search operations continue for the remaining missing crew member.

Jason Jiang

Jason is one of the most prolific writers on the diverse China shipping & logistics industry and his access to the major maritime players with business in China has proved an invaluable source of exclusives. Having been working at Asia Shipping Media since inception, Jason is the chief correspondent of Splash and associate editor of Maritime CEO magazine. Previously he had written for a host of titles including Supply Chain Asia, Cargo Facts and Air Cargo Week.
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