As the search for the capsized Chinese deep-sea fishing vessel Lupeng Yuanyu 028 continues in the Indian Ocean, more Chinese and foreign vessels have joined the rescue operation. China’s Ministry of Transport reported that as of 2 pm on Friday, a total of 13 vessels, including three military and two commercial ships, six fishing boats, and two freighters from the Marshall Islands and Liberia, are participating in the efforts.
The tragic incident occurred early on Tuesday, approximately 5,000 kilometers west of Perth, Australia, when the vessel, owned by Penglai Jinglu Fishery based in Shandong Province, capsized and sank. Among the 39 crew members on board, 17 are Chinese, 17 are Indonesians, and five are Filipinos, as confirmed by the Xinhua News Agency. So far, two bodies of missing crew members have been recovered.
China’s Ministry of Transport has mobilized all available resources to locate the wrecked fishing vessel and the missing crew members. The ministry dispatched a towboat that reached the site on Thursday. At the same time, Australia, in coordination with Chinese authorities, has arranged for five aircraft to aid in the search and rescue operation. Furthermore, a Sri Lankan warship carrying eight divers is expected to arrive at the location on Saturday.
Chinese Ambassador to Australia, Xiao Qian, expressed gratitude and appreciation during his Thursday visit to the Australian Maritime Safety Security (AMSA). He conveyed his thanks for the assistance provided by the Australian side and sought updates on the progress of the ongoing rescue operation. The collaborative efforts between China and Australia and the involvement of international vessels reflect the determination to spare no effort in finding and saving the missing crew members.
The search and rescue operation in the Indian Ocean remains a race against time as authorities strive to locate and rescue any survivors. The capsizing of the Chinese fishing vessel has drawn attention and support worldwide, emphasizing the importance of international cooperation in such challenging situations.
As the efforts continue, hopes remain for a successful outcome in locating the missing crew members. The global maritime community stands united, extending support and assistance to ensure a comprehensive and coordinated response to this distressing incident in the Indian Ocean.
During a meeting held on Thursday, representatives from the Philippine Embassy to Australia and the Indonesian Embassy to Australia expressed their gratitude towards the Australian Maritime Safety Security (AMSA) for its dedicated efforts in the search and rescue operation. The presence of envoys and officials from these countries underscores the international collaboration and solidarity in the face of this tragic incident.
Chinese leaders have stressed the importance of exerting all possible efforts in the rescue operation. On Wednesday, the Xinhua News Agency reported that Chinese authorities have called for a comprehensive and coordinated response to ensure the safety and well-being of the missing crew members. This demonstrates the high level of concern and commitment from Chinese leadership toward the rescue mission.
Local authorities from Shandong Province, the location where the capsized fishing vessel is registered, confirmed on the same day that various relevant departments are working together to coordinate and mobilize all available resources for the search and rescue mission. This coordination reflects local authorities’ urgent and dedicated approach to addressing the situation.
The rescue operation in the Indian Ocean remains a challenging task, given the vast search area expanse and the ocean conditions’ unpredictable nature. Despite these difficulties, both Chinese and international authorities are making concerted efforts to locate the missing crew members and provide them with the necessary assistance.
The Australian government’s involvement and the participation of vessels from other countries demonstrate the global cooperation and support extended towards this rescue mission. The collaborative efforts among nations highlight the importance of international solidarity and shared responsibility when responding to maritime incidents that transcend borders.
As the search and rescue operation enters its critical phase, hopes and prayers are with the missing crew members and their families. The relentless efforts and determination of all involved reflect the unwavering commitment to resolving this distressing situation positively.
The global maritime community closely monitors the developments in the search and rescue operation. The safety and well-being of seafarers remain a top priority, and authorities are sparing no effort to ensure that every possible measure is taken to locate the missing crew members.
In the face of this tragedy, the international response has demonstrated the strength of international cooperation and the solidarity that exists among nations in times of crisis. The search and rescue operation serves as a reminder of the risks and challenges faced by those working at sea and the importance of a swift and coordinated response to ensure their safety.