Nine crew members of a Chinese cargo vessel were rescued after it sank off Gaolan port in Zhuhai, China, on 21 May.
The crew of Yue You Lian 68 were moved to a tug at 20:12 h local time, about 13 minutes before the vessel sank near the main channel of Gaolan port, a statement of the Zhuhai Maritime Safety Administration stated.
The 76 m-long vessel started to take water approximately 1 nm southeast of Gaolan Island while en route from Hong Kong to Taishan, Guangdong.
The vessel reported to Zhuhai maritime authorities that all its crew members had abandoned the vessel, which was loaded with 2,600 tonnes of mud for industrial use.
The authorities ordered for a tug to be dispatched to the scene and urged Chinese vessel Jin Hai Xiu, which was nearby the scene, to rescue Yue You Lian 68’s crew members. It was reported that the vessel was drifting slowly before it sank.
The authorities have started an investigation into the incident.