10 Myanmar crew members rescued after cargo ship tilts off southeast China

Source: Xinhua| 2020-01-20 19:22:35|Editor: Xiang Bo
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FUZHOU, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- Ten Myanmar crew members on a cargo ship were rescued Monday after it tilted in the sea off southeast China, according to rescuers.

Following an operation that lasted nearly one and a half hours, the crew members were rescued early Monday from a life raft, said the marine search and rescue center in the southeastern Chinese city of Zhangzhou.

The crew members are said to be in good condition.

With containers and about 20 tonnes of light oil on board, the ship was sailing for Busan in the Republic of Korea. Due to a failure in the ship's ballast water systems, it tilted.

The valve of the oil tank has been closed and the ship has been anchored.

Upon receiving a distress call Sunday evening, the center dispatched a marine police vessel and a fishing boat to help rescue the crew members.

Marine authorities have also notified boats traveling in the region to avoid further accidents.