JINAN -- The location of the missing Korean ship, which sank off the coast of
east China's Shandong Province on Saturday, was identified on Monday afternoon,
according to the Shandong Marine Affairs Bureau, but there is still no trace of
16 missing crew members.
The location is pinpointed at 38 degrees 14.45 minutes north latitude, 121
degrees 41.92 minutes east longitude, according to the maritime departments.
To locate the sunken "Golden Rose", nine professional marine surveyors
arrived at the scene at 4:30 a.m. Monday and started searching at about 10:40
a.m. Their survey results will provide data to position navigation marks for
More than 200 Chinese ships and numerous aircraft have now joined the search
for 16 sailors from a Republic of Korea (ROK)-registered ship which sank off the
coast of Shandong Province on Saturday.
But high winds and rough seas are hampering rescue efforts.
China's Ministry of Communications has dispatched three search and rescue
ships, two helicopters and a fixed-wing aircraft to join the search for the
sailors -- more than 200 ships and aircraft from eastern Shandong Province and
Liaoning Province in the northeast are involved.
Rescuers are battling winds gusting up to 75 kilometers per hour, according
to the Shandong Maritime Affairs Bureau.
State Councilor Hua Jianmin has demanded "an all-out effort" to find the
missing sailors, eight of whom are ROK nationals, seven from Myanmar and one
The "Golden Rose" sank off the coast near Yantai City, after it collided with
the Saint Vincent-registered "Jinsheng", a container ship operated by Shandong
Lufeng Shipping Company Ltd. The collision occurred around 3:00 a.m. on
The "Jinsheng" did not stay at the scene but continued to steam toward port,
arriving at Dayao Bay in Dalian at 2:50 p.m. on Saturday.
The crew of the "Jinsheng" are being investigated by the Liaoning Maritime
Affairs Bureau and ship operators are being investigated in Shandong.
The "Golden Rose", loaded with 5,900 tons of steel, was en route from
Liaoning Province to the ROK, while the "Jinsheng" was sailing from Yantai to
Dalian, a port city in Liaoning.
On Saturday afternoon, Chinese rescuers found two life rafts, traces of fuel
oil and other debris that are confirmed to be from the "Golden Rose".
The Shandong Maritime Affairs Bureau reported the accident and its rescue
efforts to the ROK consul general in Qingdao.
A spokesman with the bureau said families of the victims would soon arrive in
Yantai. The cause of the collision is under investigation.