11 Indian crew members were missing today after their cargo ship sank in the Pacific off the Philippines as a typhoon churned in the region, Japan’s coastguard said.
- IMO: 9449261
- Name: EMERALD STAR
- Vessel Type: BULK CARRIER
- Gross Tonnage: 33205
- Summer DWT: 57367 t
- Build: 2010
- Flag: HONG KONG
- Home port: HONG KONG
The GRT 33,205-tonne Emerald Star with 26 Indian nationals on board sent a distress signal early today. as the vessel was sailing some 280 kilometres east of the northern tip of the Philippines, said a statement from the Japanese coastguard, which received the distress signal.
Three other vessels sailing near the area rescued 15 crew members but 11 others were still missing, a Japanese coastguard spokesman said, adding that the cargo ship has sunk.
“We have dispatched two patrol boats and three planes to the site but a typhoon has made a rescue difficult,” the spokesman added.