Chinese freighter Peace in unknown trouble in Indian ocean, issuing two distress signals
Chinese general cargo vessel Peace issued two distress signals in a 12-hour period, requesting assistance. Vessel is in Indian ocean, ports of departure and destination unknown. First signal was issued at 1139 UTC Jan 1 14, second at 0040 UTC Jan 2, from position 17 40S 054 28E (225 nautical miles NW of Port Louis, Mauritius. Character of distress unknown, but last AIS signal dated Dec 31 evening showed reduced speed of some 5.3 knots.