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One dead, 10 missing after cargo ship sinks off China

BEIJING, China – At least one person died and 10 others were missing after a freighter sank off China’s eastern coast on Wednesday, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

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The cargo ship had 15 people on board when it sank at around 4:30 am (2030 GMT Tuesday), 90 nautical miles (167 kilometers) east of Taizhou City in Zhejiang province, Xinhua said, citing local maritime authorities.

The 80-meter (262-foot) long freighter departed the Taiwanese port of Kaohsiung with 14 crew members from Myanmar and one Taiwanese national. Four people have been rescued so far, Xinhua said.

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Taiwan’s national rescue center said in a statement that the authorities had dispatched coastguard vessels and aircraft to help with search and recovery operations for the Palau-registered ship.

An investigation is under way to determine the causes of the accident, Xinhua said. /cbb

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