All eight seafarers have been saved from a general cargo vessel that capsized and sank off Vietnam.

Two passengers were also rescued from the 2,000-dwt Nam Thinh 126 (built 2009) on 22 June.

The ship got into difficulty after anchoring in heavy seas off Hai Phong.

The Vietnam Maritime Search & Rescue Coordination Center said it was alerted by the ship at the Hon Dau anchorage.

The vessel began to list and the master feared it would sink, so he ordered everyone into life rafts.

The Nam Thinh 126 sank shortly afterwards.

The vessel, owned by Tan Tai Shipping Trading Co of Vietnam, was carrying 1,800 tonnes of stones and bales from Quy Nhon to Cam.

The two passengers on the ship worked for Vietnam Trade Co, authorities reported.

Crew close fuel valves before abandoning ship

Four Hai Phong Port Authority ships headed to the scene, picking up the seafarers and passengers from the rafts.

The crew said the vessel had 150 tonnes of fuel oil and three tonnes of diesel on board. Fuel valves were closed before the seafarers left the ship.

No injuries or pollution have been reported.

The vessel was classed by the Vietnam Register. The Equasis database lists no port state control inspections.

The Nam Thinh 126 is the only vessel listed in the fleet of Tan Tai.