Tuesday, November 22, 2011

7 missing, 14 rescued after South Korean ship sinks - 22nd Nov 2011

Seven crew members from a South Korean cargo ship remained missing Tuesday after the boat sank Monday in the South China Sea, the South Korean Foreign Ministry said.

Fourteen people have been rescued, according to the ministry.

The ship was headed from Penang, Malaysia, to China and disappeared after sending out an emergency signal Monday afternoon. While six South Koreans and eight Myanmarese were rescued by nearby vessels, seven seamen are still missing.

The Foreign Ministry said it is still hopeful, as one crew member was rescued at noon on Tuesday -- almost 20 hours after the ship requested assistance.

Hong Kong rescuers have deployed two helicopters and seven ships to help with the search and rescue operation, while two Chinese naval vessels were en route to the scene, according to the Foreign Ministry. Read More