Bulk carrier Emerald Star sent a distress signal early on Friday about 280 kms East of the Luzon Strait, the northern tip of the Philippines. She reportedly sank in the morning of October 13. The vessel was enroute from Indonesia to China with a cargo of Nickel ore. Liquefying of the cargo is thought to be the cause of capsizing. Three merchant ships answered the distress call and managed to rescue 15 out of 26 Indian crew members.
The three merchant vessels helping in the rescue are Densa Cobra, SM Samarinda and Papuan Chief. Japanese patrol boats and aircraft have been deployed in the ongoing search and rescue for the remaining 11 crew members.
Details of the Bulk Carrier Emerald Star: IMO No. 9449261, dwt 57367, built in 2010, flag HongKong.
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