Seven missing after fishing boat, cargo ship collide in East China Sea

A China Maritime Safety Administration patrol and rescue boat (Photo: Jianglong Shipbuilding)

A fishing boat with seven people on board sank following a collision with a passing cargo vessel in the East China Sea on Friday, March 6.

The incident between the two unnamed vessels occurred some 25 nautical miles northeast of the Yangtze River estuary at around 03:00 local time.

The cargo vessel suffered minor damage in the collision and no injuries were reported among its crew. However, no trace of the fishing boat’s entire crew of seven has yet been found.

Four rescue vessels and an aircraft mobilised by the Shanghai Maritime Search and Rescue Center along with 15 Good Samaritan vessels have been despatched to the area to attempt to locate the missing fishermen.

Local maritime authorities have launched an investigation to identify the cause of the collision, which had reportedly occurred despite the clear weather in the area.

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