Lone survivor rescued from cargo ship off Vietnam coast

Philippines officials confirm two bodies recovered & 16 crew missing.
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One surviving crew member has been rescued after the 190 metre-long bulk carrier Bulk Jupiter sank 150 nautical miles off the coast of Vietnam.

In a statement posted on vessel owner Gearbulk's website, the ship departed for China fully-loaded with a cargo of 46,400 metric tons of bauxite from Kuantan, Malaysia on 30 December with 19 Filipino crew members.

The Japanese Coast Guard received a distress alert from the vessel but Gearbulk said repeated attempts to contact the vessel on all communication channels were unsuccessful. 

An empty lifeboat and an empty life raft from Bulk Jupiter were spotted by containership M/V Zim Asia while tug boat M/V OLNG Muttrah rescued one surviving crew member.

Two bodies have being recovered so far, reports Vietnam-based news website Tuoitrenews.com, and the Philippines' Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed the deaths of two Filipino crew members while stating that 16 are missing.

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