Chinese cargo ship sank east of Hong Kong, 12 crew rescued
Cargo ship NAN HUI 68 with 12 crew and 3200 tons of gravel on board sank in the morning July 23, assumedly after capsizing, 5.6 nautical miles southeast of Daxingshan in Huidong of Guangdong Province, east of Hong Kong. Vessel was en route from Zhongshan, Guangdong to Fujian, Quanzhou.
It can be assumed, from all available information, that cargo ship suffered fire in engine room while sailing in rough weather. She was disabled, experiencing heavy rolling, which lead to cargo shift and finally, capsizing.
All crew managed to leave vessel and found themselves in water, apparently because they weren’t able to lower life boats. Two of the crew said to get into a life raft. SAR was launched with deployment of helicopters and SAR ships, all 12 people were rescued, mostly by helicopters.