Vietnamese vessel sank in South China sea, 11 rescued 2 missing

Vietnamese fishing vessel with 13 crew sank in South China sea in vicinity 02 04N 104 39E (some 55 nm northeast of Singapore Strait) during the night Jan 12, vessel started to sink, or reported sinking, at 2330 Vietnam tine Jan 11. One fisherman, floating in sea, was rescued by Malta-flagged container ship NORDLILY (IMO 9744685) in the afternoon Jan 12; container ship ASIATIC DAWN (IMO 9322877) rescued eight fishermen some two hours later, some 10 nm south of sinking site; while bulk carrier MG NEPTUNE (IMO 9790919) rescued two more fishermen. Two fishermen remain missing, Vietnamese, Singaporean and Malaysian MRCC are coordinating their search, deploying helicopter and patrol plane.

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My name is Mikhail Voytenko, I’m Russian, professional merchant marine navigator, by education and former experience. I own and run Maritime Bulletin website for more than 10 years. I've been involved in solving a number of piracy hijack cases, including the hijack of ro-ro FAINA, loaded with tanks. It was me who made public, and unravel, freighter ARCTIC SEA mystery. I've been also closely involved in a number of maritime disaster, one of them being MSC FLAMINIA major fire.