11 In­dian crew miss­ing af­ter ves­sel sinks off Philip­pines

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - WORLD - — AFP

TOKYO: Eleven In­dian crew mem­bers were miss­ing yes­ter­day af­ter their cargo ship sank in the Pa­cific off the Philip­pines as a ty­phoon churned in the re­gion, Ja­pan’s coast­guard said.

The 33,205-tonne Emer­ald Star with 26 In­dian na­tion­als on board sent a distress sig­nal early yes­ter­day as the Hong Kong-reg­is­tered ves­sel was sail­ing some 280 kilo­me­tres east of the north­ern tip of the Philip­pines, said a state­ment from the Ja­panese coast­guard, which re­ceived the distress sig­nal.

Three other ves­sels sail­ing near the area res­cued 15 crew mem­bers but 11 oth­ers were still miss­ing, a Ja­panese coast­guard spokesman said, adding that the cargo ship has sunk.

“We have dis­patched two pa­trol boats and three planes to the site but a ty­phoon has made a res­cue dif­fi­cult,” the spokesman added.

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