The sinking of the Phu Cuong 0148 in Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam

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The Phu Cuong 0148, carrying 2,700 tonnes of coal, sank on August 29th 2014 in the Gulf of Tonkin. The ship sank offshore from Vietnam's Hai Phong city which is approximately 90 kilometres east of the Hanoi.

The accident

According to Vietnam's state-run news agency, VNA, the Phu Cuong 0148 ship sank five nautical miles southeast of Ha Mai island near Bach Long Vy Island in Hai Phong. Six crew members were onboard. It was reported that the ship sank in rough seas caused by a gale.[1]

It was later reported that the ship sank at 3.40pm and that a rescue operation had been launched for the missing crew members.[2] The six crew members were later rescued.[3]


This map shows the approximate location of where the Phu Cong 0148 sank in the Gulf of Tonkin, Vietnam.

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