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South Korean ship ablaze off Russia's Far East coast, chief mate dead


15:20, November 17, 2011

VLADIVOSTOK, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- The South Korean bulk carrier "Oriental Angel" caught fire off Russia's Far East coast early Thursday, causing the death of the chief mate, according to RIA Novosti news agency.

Flour caught fire in the ship's holds while the vessel was in the Bering Sea, off Russia's Far East Chukotka Autonomous District at 04:40 a.m. local time (1640 GMT Nov.16).

While a total of 89 crew members left the vessel on rafts and were rescued by other ships in the area, the chief mate has died.

The bulk carrier, which is still on fire, is currently anchored near the Cape Navarin, as stormy weather is hampering firefighting efforts.

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