Vietnamese cargo ship flooding, limping along coastline UPDATE sank crew rescued

1550 UTC UPDATE: The ship has reportedly sank, there were 11 crew on board, all were rescued, all are safe. It was said, that the ship struck an unidentified underwater object, prior to water ingress.

Cargo ship CONG THANH 27 with 12 crew on board reportedly flooding in South China sea off Vietnam coast north of Danang, moving along coastline at a slow speed. Understood water ingress started early in the morning Oct 7, while the ship was en route from Hai Phong to Hai Tho, southern Vietnam. The ship reduced speed and headed for coast. As of 1600 UTC, latest available AIS position was dated 0900 UTC Oct 7.
Cargo ship CONG THANH 27, MMSI 574014192, length 79 meters, flag Vietnam.

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