Comms lost with cargo ship in stormy Japan sea, search for 17 crew UPDATE

UPDATE: Confirmed it’s HOUEI CRYSTAL17 crew were reportedly rescued, 1 crew was washed overboard by wave before the ship was caught in distress situation.

Panama-flagged cargo ship issued distress signal in Japan sea some 250 nm south of Nakhodka, Russia, in the evening Dec 1, reporting sinking, 18 Vietnamese crew going into lifeboat. After that, all communications with the ship were lost. Russian cargo ships in the area, in severe storm conditions and most probably, icing taking place, search for lifeboat. Ship’s name wasn’t disclosed, but according to available information, it is most probably, general cargo ship HOUEI CRYSTAL, which left Nakhodka on Nov 30, last AIS dated 0700 UTC Dec 1.

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