Friday, December 23, 2005

Cargo Ship Sinks Off China

A Chinese cargo ship sank in high winds off China’s north-eastern coast, and rescuers were searching today for 13 missing crew members. The ship sank yesterday evening while trying to anchor at the port of Longkou. The vessel was “tilted by a huge wave, spilling all of the 14 people onboard into the sea,” the report said. It said one person was rescued and emergency crews were still looking for the others. The report didn’t give the identities or nationalities of the crew members, but nearly all sailors on Chinese ships are from China’s mainland. The ship was bound from the port of Shantou, north-east of Hong Kong on China’s south-eastern coast, to Laizhou in the north-east with a cargo of 3,400 tonnes of clay.

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