22 die as ship sinks

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HANOI: A Viet­namese cargo boat that van­ished near the Philip­pines on Christ­mas Day has sunk, killing 22 of its 23 crew mem­bers, Viet­nam state ship­ping firm Vi­nalines con­firmed.

“Ac­cord­ing to our ini­tial in­for­ma­tion, only one sailor has been res­cued and the ves­sel has not been found yet,” a Vi­nalines of­fi­cial said.

The Vi­nalines Queen dis­ap­peared af­ter pass­ing Lu­zon is­land and ap­par­ently did not send out a dis­tress sig­nal.

Late yes­ter­day it was re­ported that the sur­viv­ing sailor, Dau Ngoc Hung, was res­cued by a Bri­tish ship which was head­ing to­wards Sin­ga­pore.

The 190m ves­sel was one of the most modern cargo ships in the Viet­namese fleet. It was car­ry­ing nickel ore. – SAPA-AFP

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