1,000+ COSCO ships join search for sailor

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By XIN­HUA

Over 1,000 ships af­fil­i­ated to China COSCO Ship­ping Cor­po­ra­tion have been in­formed to keep an eye on the sea along their travel routes in a hope to find miss­ing Chi­nese mariner Guo Chuan.

In a mes­sage from the COSCO Ship­ping to Guo’s sup­port team on Sun­day, on-duty gen­eral man­ager Zhu Liy­ong said the group is will­ing to help search for Guo, who has been miss­ing for five days dur­ing a solo non-stop trans-Pa­cific ad­ven­ture.

“I my­self is also a cap­tain,” started Zhu.

“COSCO Ship­ping at­tached much im­por­tance and in­formed over 1,000 ves­sels af­fil­i­ated to the group trav­el­ing within the con­cerned area help search for Guo,” Zhu said.

A com­mer­cial ves­sel, named Ruian City from COSCO Ship­ping, was al­ready con­duct­ing the job.

It was on its rou­tine route be­tween Hawaii and Ja­pan when it re­ceived mes­sages for help on Satur­day Bei­jing time.

“I re­ceived calls both from Guo Chuan’s team and the China Mar­itime Res­cue Co­or­di­na­tion Cen­ter, ask­ing for our as­sis­tance in search­ing for Guo Chuan,” said Ruian City cap­tain Ding Jianwu on Sun­day.

At the re­quest, five more look­out po­si­tions were added on the ship while the ship al­ready scoured sev­eral spots where the 51-year-old mariner could pos­si­bly drift to. Guo was sus­pected of hav­ing fallen over­board on Oct. 25 Bei­jing time 900 kilome­ters off Hawaii and his team said he might wear life jacket then.

“We are us­ing every pos­si­ble tools, the radar, bin­ocle and our naked eyes in a bid to find Guo. We will spare no ef­fort in the search of the cap­tain,” said Ding. “I hope there will be a mir­a­cle and pray for Cap­tain Guo.”

Guo’s sup­port team and his fam­ily were des­per­ate on look­ing for other ways to keep the search go­ing af­ter the U.S. Coast Guard sus­pended their ef­fort on Thurs­day. The USCG lo­cated Guo’s tri­maran and then sent a boat and crew aboard the ves­sel but found no trace of Guo ex­cept his life jacket.

The team said a travel com­pany in Hawaii has of­fered to pro­vide five to 10 he­li­copters to search the miss­ing sailor, but they need larger ships with he­li­pads.

“These he­li­copters can fly 500 kilome­ters with­out stop­ping but the site of the ac­ci­dent is 900 kilome­ters off Hawaii. We need large ships which have he­li­copter plat­forms and equip­ment to re­fuel the chop­pers.”

Be­fore the ac­ci­dent, Guo was at­tempt­ing to sail from San Fran­cisco to Shang­hai in 20 days or less for a new solo trans-Pa­cific world record.

Guo al­ready had a world record to his name for a 138day solo non-stop cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion in 2013.

Guo Chuan

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