On October 16, the 17 meter long fishing vessel Dianne capsized in Bustard Bay near Seventeen Seventy, Queensland, Australia. The trawler had capsized in bad weather during the night with the master at the helm and six crew asleep below. One crewman was able escape from the overturn vessel and clung to the hull for several hours before the Dianne sank. A passing yacht spotted him in the water and rescued him.
Reports state that several other crew had survived the capsizing and could be heard tapping inside the hull before the vessel sank. Authorities have launched a search and rescue in the surrounding area, but weather conditions has slowed the effort. The six crew were still reported as missing.
The 190 meter long, 33205 dwt bulk carrier Emerald Star foundered some 150 nautical miles east of the coast off Cagayan, Philippines. The Emerald Star had departed from Buli, Indonesia with a cargo of nickel ore and 26 crew bound for Lianyungang, China.
While passing through the Luzon Strait, it encountered rough seas due to proximity of Typhoon Odette. The conditions caused the cargo to liquefy and the bulk carrier lost stability. The crew of the Emerald Star was able to sent out a distress call before the vessel capsized and sank.
The Japanese Coast Guard launched a search and rescue operation. Two boats and three aircraft were dispatched to search for survivors. Four nearby vessels joined the search operations. These nearby vessels were able to rescue 15 crew from the water.
Reports state 11 crew were still reported as missing. Search operations had been hampered by bad weather. An oil slick is visible around the area where the Emerald Star sank.
On October 8, the 84 meter long cargo vessel Fu Shun 67 capsized and sank near the entrance to the Minjiang River off Fuzhou, China. The Fu Shun 67 was proceeding with a cargo of steel when it lost stability. The steel cargo had shifted and the cargo vessel developed a heavy list. The vessel sent out a distress call and requested assistance. Authorities dispatched a helicopter and rescue ship to the scene. Before rescuers could reach the Fu Shun 67, the 10 crew abandoned ship just before the vessel rolled over and sank. Rescuers arrived on scene and eventually were able to rescue all 10 crew. No reports of injuries.