Longliner HSIANG FUH 6 drifting after fire, two crew injured
July 12 Update: HSIANG FUH 6 suffered fire, crew went into life rafts and later were rescued by merchant vessels, see below. Abandoned vessel reportedly remained afloat, drifting.
Two of the crew suffered injures, one of them reported by NSRI as having severe burns of 2 and 3 degrees. NSRI medics and paramedic were transferred to EVER DIADEM, later two injured crew were airlifted, see medevac details and photos at http://www.nsri.org.za/2017/07/patient-evacuated-off-fishing-vessel/
July 11: Tuna longliner HSIANG FUH 6 sank on July 8 some 350 nm east of Richards Bay, South Africa, Indian ocean. All 30 crew were rescued by nearby merchant ships: container ship EVER DIADEM (IMO 9134270) rescued 16 people, bulk carrier SBI ANTARES (IMO 9705299) rescued 14 people, all are to be disembarked at Durban. Fishermen were rescued on July 9, understood they’ve been picked up from life boat or rafts. Cause of sinking unknown.
Tuna longliner HSIANG FUH 6, Call sign BH3320, GT 489, flag Taiwan.