Five killed as cargo ship sinks off China

November 3rd, 2008 - 12:10 am ICT by IANS  

Dalian (China), Nov 2 (Xinhua) At least five sailors were killed and three missing after a container ship sank off a port in northeast China’s Liaoning province, authorities said Sunday. The ship with 146 containers and 14 people aboard sank off Yingkou city around 1.30 p.m. Saturday. Six were saved by passing ships and rescue helicopters.

According to the Liaoning provincial maritime search and rescue centre, five bodies were recovered Sunday some 12 nautical miles from the site of accident.

The vessle belonged to Fuzhou Mingfa Shipping company. It was on its way from Yingkou to eastern Fujian province when it sank.

Two helicopters and 16 ships were still searching for the three missing. Rescuers were also cleaning up an oil slick near the site of accident.

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