Taiwanese freighter Bingo sunk by cyclone Phalin, 20 crew missing, Bay of Bengal
Indian media reported that general cargo vessel Bingo is believed to have sunk when caught in cyclone Phalin. Indian Coast Guard received emergency call at around 1830 LT on Oct 12 13 and sent ICGS Vajra to assist. Bingo was spotted some 19 nautical miles south of Sagar Island, West Bengal, Bay of Bengal, in a very poor condition with 45 degrees starboard list. Due to extremely strong wind and heavy sea, Vajra failed to rescue the crew which already left the vessel and went into life raft, and later lost contact with the raft. Crew reportedly comprises 19 Chinese and 1 Indonesian nationalities. Vessel presumably sank at a depth of some 8-11 meters, Search and Rescue operation is still under way, patrol planes are egnaged. Vessel loaded with 8000 tons of iron ore most probably, sank due to cargo shift.
General cargo vessel Bingo, IMO 9385520, dwt 8733, built 2007, flag Panama, manager WISDOM MARINE LINES SA, Taiwan.