Tuesday, February 15, 2005
2 Ukrainian Sailors are missing but eight others were saved when a cargo ship sank off the south-west coast of the Greek island of Crete early today, the ministry of the merchant marine said. The ship Sea Ray, sailing under the flag of St Vincent, sent out a distress signal at dawn, indicating it was taking on water and listing after a mechanical breakdown. The winds in the area were blowing at 50-74km/h. Eight of the 10 members of the Ukrainian crew were quickly picked up by a nearby ship. Helicopters and ships, including a NATO frigate, were searching the area for the missing sailors, the ministry said. The 70-metre vessel was sailing to Libya from Turkey. The 8 sailors were rescued by the ship Inka Dede, currently en route to Crete's Souda port, where Ukraine's consul is waiting for them.