In the early hours of 16 May, the Chinese deep-sea fishing vessel "Lu Peng Yuan Yu 028" belonging to Penglai Jinglu Fisheries Co., Ltd. capsized in the central Indian Ocean on the way to Busan, South Korea from Cape Town, South Africa. All 39 crew members on board were reported missing. The crew comprised of 17 people from China, 17 people from Indonesia, and 5 people from the Philippines.
As of now 16 of the crews' remains have been found, and search and recovery work is ongoing for the 25 still missing. China has deployed two commercial vessels to aid in the search operation. The Philippine coast guard is also helping to monitor the situation alongside Sri Lankan navy divers.
The initial alarm was raised on 15 May, discovered by a passing merchant ship however there is currently no explanation for the cause of the sinking.