Chinese freighter Peace abandoned by crew, at least 1 dead
Chinese freighter Peace is abandoned by the crew and reported adrift, last known position 17 37S 054 34E, 230 nautical miles NW of Port Louis, Mauritius. Previously vessel issued two distress signals requesting immediate assistance. MRCC Greece directed to distressed vessel Greek VLCC Patris (IMO 9180138). In the morning Jan 3 Patris spotted a life raft and picked up 9 survivors and 1 dead body. Whether it’s all the crew, or some people are missing, is unknown. The character of the distress is also unknown.