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Cargo Ship Saigon Queen Sinks Off Sri Lanka, 4 Crew Missing

Rob Almeida
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October 31, 2012

Saigon Queen, image via marinetraffic

Tragic news today out of the Bay of Bengal when a Vietnamese cargo ship, Saigon Queen, sank off Sri Lanka.  The Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Co-ordination Center (MRCC) reported eighteen crewmembers have been rescued while four others, including the captain, remain missing.

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15 of the 18 crew members of Saigon Queen who were rescued yesterday. Photo: Pacific Skipper

The ship was reported by Tuoitre News to be carrying wood products from Myanmar to India when its cargo began shifting, likely destabilizing the ship and causing it to founder.

At 12:12 PM on 30 October, the MRCC received emergency signals from the Saigon Queen and shortly thereafter, all communications with the vessel were lost.

Approximately 9 hours later, the crew of the Cyprus-flagged Pacific Skipper arrived on scene and rescued eighteen of the Saigon Queen’s crewmembers from liferafts after their vessel had sank.

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