AMSA reports that on July 16, Tuesday, received an alert from the Japanese Coast Guard, according to which the Myojin Maru No. 8, was in distress after a fire broke out onboard. According to reports, the 24 crewmembers onboard were abandoning the vessel into lifeboats.
Specifically, AMSA received the alert at approximately 7:45 a.m. The vessel in distress was about 1030 km west of Perth.
In light of the alert, AMSA’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) placed the incident in a distress priority and prompted the Perth based Challenger rescue jet to provide help with the search and rescue operation.
Also, the JRCC was later updated from the Japan Coast Guard at 10:30 am that the 24 crewmembers were rescued by the FV Seifuku Maru 88.
AMSA informs that no injuries were reported, and all crew members were safe.
AMSA will continue to liaise with the Japan Coast Guard and the vessel owners to confirm details of the vessel fire and determine any pollution and environmental impacts.