Cargo ship TIAN FENG 369 issued a distress signal at 0443 Beijing time on December 12 in the Yellow Sea, 30 nautical miles northeast of Yantai, Shandong province, China, reporting sinking and 14 crew abandoning the ship. Beihai MRCC initiated a SAR operation, which was hampered by stormy weather.

Three of the 14 crew members were rescued, four were found dead, and seven are still missing. The ship was sailing from Uangmadao in China’s northeast of the Yellow Sea to Yantai.

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