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The Bigfella
08-07-2013, 06:28 AM
Not looking good

http://resources3.news.com.au/images/2013/08/07/1226692/876403-130807-sinking.jpg

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AS a rescue aircraft dropped floats over a sinking fishing trawler, nine of the ship's fourteen sailors leapt into the sea. Only one has been found alive.



At least four of the Chinese sailors have died as their trawler sank 50km off the coast of Rapa island in French Polynesia, officials said.

The French High Commission said a rescue aircraft was dispatched when the ship, the Zun Yang 26, issued a distress call after springing a leak on Tuesday.

Sailors equipped with survival gear were found holding on to the boat as it lay on its side sinking.

The plane dropped floats which rescuers hoped the sailors would grab onto from the vessel, but only five remained clinging onto the ship.

The one survivor who jumped overboard and was rescued alive is suffering from hypothermia.

The five sailors who did not jump from the sinking ship were air-lifted by helicopter to Rapa, an island in the south of the territory.

A surveillance plane remained in the area to try to locate four who remained missing.

Rapa is one of the most isolated islands in the world. The exact cause of the accident is not known but the area suffered strong winds on Monday and Tuesday which ripped off roofs.

Andrew Craig-Bennett
08-07-2013, 09:14 AM
Why on earth was she fitted with a BEME loop aerial? This isn't the 1950's!

And why wasn't she carrying liferafts?

Paul Pless
08-07-2013, 09:20 AM
Rapa, is that Easter Island?

Keith Wilson
08-07-2013, 09:32 AM
Easter Island (Rapa Nui) is owned by Chile, not part of French Polynesia.

Gerarddm
08-07-2013, 10:41 AM
What a rust bucket, jeesh. "Sprung a leak". Ya think?

The Bigfella
08-07-2013, 09:25 PM
Easter Island (Rapa Nui) is owned by Chile, not part of French Polynesia.


Yep, but that be Easter Island, not Rapa Island.

Rapa, sometimes called Rapa Iti, is the largest and only inhabited island of the Bass Islands in French Polynesia. An older name for the island is Oparo. Its area is 40 kmē with a population of almost 500 and a max elevation of 650 m

If I'm not mistaken, Easter Island is somewhat, um, East, of Rapa Island.

Rapa Iti is located at 27°35′00″S 144°20′00″W (http://tools.wmflabs.org/geohack/geohack.php?pagename=Rapa_Iti&params=27_35_00_S_144_20_00_W_).

Easter Island (Rapa Nui) is located at 27°7′S 109°22′W (http://tools.wmflabs.org/geohack/geohack.php?pagename=Easter_Island&params=27_7_S_109_22_W_region:CL-VL_type:isle_dim:50000)

Keith Wilson
08-07-2013, 09:48 PM
Right, that was my point. Different Island entirely. The trawler was nowhere near Isla de Pascua/Easter Island/Rapa Nui.

The Bigfella
08-07-2013, 09:53 PM
Right, that was my point. Different Island entirely. The trawler was nowhere near Isla de Pascua/Easter Island/Rapa Nui.

Agreed

John B
08-07-2013, 11:12 PM
Big Rapa and Little Rapa.