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MSC boxship collides with Ecuadorian fishing boat, five dead

Five people died and six have been missing after 13,100 teu MSC Regulus collided with the Ecuadorian fishing boat Don Gerardo II between Peru and Ecuador on 17 December, as reported.

All of the dead and missing are from Don Gerardo II, who has 23 people on board. Twelve people were rescued and the fishing vessel sank, local media reported.

The incident occurred in international waters some 216 nautical miles of the Puntilla de Santa Ellena, Ecuador, according to Dirección Nacional de los Espacios Acuáticos – Autoridad Marítima Nacional (DIRNEA).

The MSC Regulus was on its way from the port of Callao in Peru to the port of Lazaro Cardenas in Mexico when the accident occurred.

The container ship went adrift near the collision site and reported the accident to the local authorities.  The injured people were taken to the local hospital and treated, but all are in stable situation.

"As a family-owned company, MSC is deeply distressed by the injured and the people who have died," MSC was reported as saying by local press.

Search and rescue efforts are continuing for the six missing in the collision.

An investigation is currently underway.

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