One more typhoon WIPHA victim, crew rescued

Bulk carrier DI WEI 506 issued distress signal at night Aug 2 some 8 nm south of Macau, reporting sinking, crew abandoning the ship and going into life raft. SAR ships and helicopters were engaged, search lasted for some 5 hours, in nighttime and adverse weathe conditions. All 11 crew were found and rescued, on the verge of sinkling, because life raft was punctured and leaking. The ship was caught in rough weather brought by Wipha typhoon. Latest AIS position dated 2200-2300 UTC Aug 2.
Bulk carrier DI WEI 506, MMSI 412470760, length 95 meters, flag China.



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