It was when the japanese-owned ship, registered in Panama, caught fire as the crew was forced to abandon it. 16 crew members of a total of 21 have been saved up on the ships who reached the remote crash site.
has been detected in the water, but these have not shown any signs of being conscious. When the lifebuoys fixed to the ropes sent down to them from the ships involved in the rescue operation, has members of the crew not reacted, reports the news agency AP.
– If the person in the water cannot take hold of something so it is not much one can do from a ship's deck to help them, " says Matthew West, spokesperson for the coast guard.
the Lowest deck on board some of these big ships can be found at a height of 7.6 metres above the surface of the water, " explains West.
the 198-foot-long ship broke out on Monday. Sincerity Ace was then on his way from Japan to the united states-the state of Hawaii with its cargo of Nissan cars.
The u.s. coast guard leading the rescue operation, and has the assistance of a number of merchant ships.