Philippines: Cargo ship sinks; 5 missing, 1 dead

March 21, 2007 06:35


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A cargo ship sank in the northern Philippines on Wednesday, leaving five crewmen missing, one dead and 13 others rescued, the coast guard said. The Panamanian-registered ship MV Unicorn Ace sank about 130 kilometers (80 miles) off Curimao in Ilocos Norte province, which is about 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of Manila, said Amado Lorenzana, a coast guard officer. He said the ship sent an automatic distress signal, but it was not clear why it sank. The nationalities of the crew were not immediately disclosed. A passing ship rescued 13 crewmen, five were missing while one body was recovered, coast guard spokesman Lt. Armand Balilo said, citing information provided by the Hong Kong Maritime Rescue Coordinating Center.

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