The Maritime Rescue Co-ordinating Centre in Cape Town (MRCC CT) was notified that a container ship, the Ever Diadem, spotted the Hsiang Fuh no. 6,about 10km away from its position. The Hsiang Fuh was on fire and its crew were abandoning ship on two life rafts about 736km East-North-East from Durban and 496km from the closest shore.
The MRCC CT requested the Ever Diadem to recover the survivors and an urgent request message was relayed for other vessels to assist in the rescue.
The bulk carriers, Hampton Bay and SBI Antares, responded and arrived at the scene. The MRCC CT released the Hampton Bay and the SBI Antares assisted with the rescue.
All the survivors were picked up – 16 crew by the Ever Diadem and 14 by the SBI Antares. Both vessels proceeding to Durban to disembark the survivors. A warning was issued for the abandoned and unmanned vessel still adrift.
The necessary arrangements for the safe delivery and repatriation of the sailors, Philippine, Indonesian, Taiwanese and Vietnam, were made and they were met by representatives of their countries on arrival in Durban.
MRCC CT engaged in efforts to evacuate one of the crew that suffered more severe burns, 60 km off Durban. The air medical evacuation was undertaken with the assistance of the South African Air Force and NetCare Paramedics. NSRI Durban provided surface support.
SAMSA has commended the efforts of the Masters and crew Ever Diademand SBI Antares in saving the lives of the crew of the fishing vessel.