Search ongoing as Chinese fishing vessel capsizes in remote area of ​​Indian Ocean Ship’s crew

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is coordinating an international search to locate a missing Chinese fishing vessel believed to have capsized in a remote area of ​​the Indian Ocean.

The search area is approximately 5,000 kilometers northwest of Perth.

The ship identified by the media Lupenglaiyuanyu No. 8raised an alert at 5:30am AEST on Tuesday 16 May when AMSA received a distress signal.

According to media reports, the ship has a crew of 39 people of different nationalities.

Later on Tuesday the bulk carrier Taurus ships reported sighting of an inverted hull within the designated search area. So far, however, no survivors have been found.

AMSA requested assistance from the Australian Defense Force (ADF), which promptly dispatched a P-8A Poseidon aircraft to extend the search range. This aircraft was escorted by several merchant ships and other ships already in the vicinity.

The search operation was hampered on Tuesday due to severe weather conditions with winds up to 120 km/h and waves up to 7 meters high. Conditions improved on Wednesday, with wind speeds dropping to 40-50 km/h and sea waves dropping to 2-3 metres.

Despite the difficult conditions, the search operation continues with the support of numerous commercial and fishing vessels. The ADF plane was due to return to the search area after an overnight refueling on Wednesday, along with the Perth-based AMSA rescue plane Challenger and a privately operated plane.

To aid in the search, the AMSA Challenger aircraft will drop a drift modeling buoy.

Lupenglaiyuanyu No. 8 is reportedly managed by Penglai Jinglu Fishery Co., a large state-owned fisheries company in China.

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