Cargo ship sinking in South China sea, towed to safety

General cargo ship DUC PHAT 66 issued distress signal at 0800 Hanoi time (UTC +7) Feb 8 in position 17 24N 107 04E, some 15 nm off Vietnam coast, reporting water ingress and asking for assistance. Two nearest fishing vessel were ordered to standby and assist if possible, later the ship, loaded with 1853 tons of rice, was towed to Cua Viet port, either by Vietnamese SAR ship, or by fishing vessel, not clear.

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