DHAKA, July 4: Eleven crew members of a Bangladeshi cargo ship went missing Thursday after their vessel tilted in the Andaman Sea, sparking a rescue mission.
MV Hope, the ship in distress, was heading for Bangladesh`s port of Chittagong when it capsized 32 kilometers off Racha Noi Island near Phuket. Due to strong winds and intensifying monsoons, up to 4 meter high waves have been generated near coastal areas in the South.
Six out of the 17 crew members were rescued from the ship by navy helicopter, according to information received in Chittagong.
The 97 m in length `MV Hope`, started taking in water in heavy seas at about 1:10am, reports the Phuket Gazette, citing Capt Thammawat Malaisukkarin, Director of [Thai] Naval Civil Affairs.
Another Bangladeshi cargo ship, MV Bux Moon, was nearby and rendered assistance, bringing on board 17 people.
Eleven others who jumped into the sea with lifeboat in a bid to avoid capsize remained missing till 4:00pm when this report was filed.
The missing crew members had not been located after several hours of searching.
The ship capsized in rough seas — there are five-metre high waves in the Andaman Sea near Phuket now.