Posted on July 08, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Chinese fishing vessel, YUAN YU 15, suffered an explosion and sank during the evening hours of July 5th, while operating off the coast of Guinea-Bissau.
There were 21 crew members aboard the fishing vessel at the time of the incident.
Regrettably, it was confirmed that 3 seafarers died during the explosion, while three more went missing in the aftermath.
We don’t currently know the details surrounding the explosion, other than that it originated in the ship’s engine room.
Following the explosion, the vessel started experiencing considerable water ingress, prompting everyone aboard to abandon the sinking ship.
Thankfully 15 crew members were successfully rescued and transported to Bissau.
Local authorities managed to locate the bodies of three seafarers and took them to Simao Mendes National Hospital morgue.
There is an on-going Search & Rescue operation, spearheaded by the Guinea-Bissau authorities in an effort to locate the three missing crew members of the Yuan Yu 15.
The Yuan Yu 15, which is owned by the Chinese company, Zhongyu Global Seafood Corporation, reportedly fully sunk in the early morning hours of July the 6th.