Four bodies found after Russian ship sinking

09:14, February 10, 2011      

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Four bodies of sailors had been found after the sinking of a Russian cargo ship, while one of the crew members was rescued, Russia's Interfax news agency reported on Wednesday.

The ship, Alexander, sank at Wednesday midnight without sending any distress signal, said Valery Matveyev, a officer from Russia's State Sea Rescue Coordination Center

The ship, with 12 Russians aboard, sank off the coast of South Korea, Matveyev said, adding that the sinking was possibly due to a collision with another vessel.

Rescue team had found one sailor alive on the life raft, he added.

According to Matveyev, the ship had departed from the port of Nakhodka in the Russian Far East to the port of Toyama Shinko on Jan, 31.

Matveyev said the search and rescue operation involves 14 vessels from South Korea, including two coast guard boats and a helicopter.

The search and rescue operation has been suspended in dust, and the search for missing crew members will resume tomorrow at dawn, he said.

Source: Xinhua

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