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Malaysian freighter Shinline 8 sank off Jeju island, East China sea, 5 died

Malaysian general cargo vessel Shinline 8 sank some 30 miles W of Jeju island, South Korea, East China sea, on Oct 18 2012 due to water ingress. Vessel requested the assistance in the morning around 07:00 LT, a Coast Guard ship was sent to assist. It is understood that the attempts to control water ingress failed, and it was decided to evacuate crew. A high-speed 2 crew CG boat rescue boat took on board 15 crew members of Shinline 8 and headed for the shore, but boat capsized in stormy waters with waves up to 4 meters high. There were 15 Shinline 8 crew and 2 boat crew on board, 5 were trapped inside the capsized boat. It is understood that 5 people died in this accident, all of them from Shinline 8 crew, among them 3 Filipino and 2 Chinese nationalities. 2 people were taken to hospital unconscious in critical condition, but later recovered consciousness. Presumably water ingress started in engine room area, vessel suffered a blackout when the machinery was damaged by flooding water. It is understood that not all the crew was evacuated, Master, three other crew and CG salvage team for some time stayed on board and left vessel later. On photos overturned rescue boat with people climbing to its’ bottom, and moments of crew evacuation, with Shinline 8 already sitting low in the water.
General cargo vessel Shinline 8 IMO 8920749, dwt 7025, built 1990, flag Malaysia, owner SHINLINE SDN BHD. 19 crew included 13 Chinese and 6 Filipino nationalities.

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