1 dead, 14 missing in ship sinking off Philippines

Philippine coast guard officials say a China-bound ship from Myanmar carrying 24 crewmen and a cargo of coal has sunk off the country’s northwest, leaving one dead and 14 missing.

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Published: Sun 17 Feb 2013, 6:33 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:31 PM

Philippine coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo says nine crewmen, including two who were injured, were rescued aboard two lifeboats by a passing Chinese ship after the M/V Harita Bauxite sank late Saturday off Pangasinan province. The Chinese ship notified Philippine authorities about the sinking of the vessel, whose entire crew was from Myanmar.

Coast guard officer Joseph Paul Solomon said Sunday that coast guard vessels and helicopters immediately launched a search for the missing crewmen.

Balilo says the Bauxite, which came from Indonesia, stalled due to engine trouble before sinking off Pangasinan, about 200 kilometers (131 miles) northwest of Manila.

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