Eleven Missing After Cargo Ship Sinks Off the Philippines

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Eleven people are missing and feared dead after a Panama-flagged cargo ship sank in the South China Sea off the Philippines, the Philippines Coast Guard has confirmed.

The ship, the MV Fortune Life, is believed to have sank Friday approximately 130 nautical miles West of Vigan City, Philippines.

The Philippines Coast Guard reported that 6 crewmembers of the cargo ship were rescued by MT Ashley. The Coast Guard updated Saturday that 8 crewmembers had been rescued and 11 remain missing.

The Philippines Coast Guard was alerted to the incident by the China MRCC, which received a distress call from the ship at 11:20 a.m. Friday.

The 152-meter Fortune Life was reportedly carrying 7,500 metric tons of feldspar from Kaohsiung, Taiwan to Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia.