Taiwanese longliner on fire, abandoned in Indian ocean

Tuna fishing vessel FENG KUO 568 was reported on fire on Jul 3, twenty crew abandoned vessel in vicinity 33 27S 035 45E, Indian ocean, some 1,400 nm SW of Mauritius. Crew were rescued by nearby FENG KUO 669 and later transferred to another fishing vessel, which is heading for Mauritius. Abandoned FENG KUO 568 was reported adrift on Jul 4, understand vessel was still burning, left to her fate.
Tuna longliner FENG KUO 568, Callsign BJ4902, GT 98, built 2006, flag Taiwan.



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