The Chinese cargo ship DINGHAOJI7 sank on December 31, 2020. Reports indicate the vessel issued a distress call on December 30, reporting water ingress on the vessel. At the time, there were 13 crew on board, of which 4 have been rescued, and 7 remain missing. Two crew members have been confirmed as dead. Search and rescue operations are under way in an attempt to locate and rescue the missing mariners.
The tragic incident occurs just weeks after the cargo ship Xin Hong capsized off the coast of Vietnam on December 17, 2020, with 15 sailors on board; and less than a week after the Onega sank while in the Barents Sea on December 28, 2020.
A vessel capsizing can be the result of many factors, including: human error, weather conditions, equipment failure, poor maintenance practices or a lack of equipment. A capsized boat can often be a result of a combination of the above factors. The unfortunate reality is that many maritime companies cut corners, which puts the lives of their workers and the general public at risk on a daily basis. Safe boat owners and operators must have adequate procedures in place to govern the work performed by the crew to ensure the safety of everyone on board.
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The experienced and aggressive vessel accident attorneys at Spagnoletti Law Firm can help you understand your rights if you or a loved one was a victim of this tragic accident. There are strict and short time limits on making claims related to vessel accidents, so please contact us online or call 713-659-0257 or 877-678-5864 to learn more about your rights.