Two crew members from China COSCO Shipping Corp carry out search and rescue operations on May 17 after a Chinese deep-sea fishing vessel capsized in the central Indian Ocean Tuesday. (PHOTO / AFP)
BEIJING — The Chinese fishing vessel that capsized in the Indian Ocean last week has sunk, China's Ministry of Transport said on Wednesday.
The vessel sank at 2:12 am Wednesday, at 5 degrees 47.939 minutes south latitude and 77 degrees 46.315 minutes east longitude, according to the ministry.
The water where the vessel sank is approximately 5,000 meters deep, the ministry said.
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As of 11:00 am, seven bodies have been retrieved in a search and rescue operation.
The ministry said on the previous day that no survivors had been found.
The wrecked ship, Lupeng Yuanyu 028, had 39 crew members on board: 17 Chinese sailors, 17 Indonesians, and five mariners from the Philippines. The incident occurred at approximately 3 am on May 16.