22 die as ship sinks
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