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Sunken freighter salvaged off China coast after deadly collision

(Xinhua)

08:39, January 10, 2012

QINGDAO, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- A sunken freighter was salvaged from seawater off east China's coast Monday, more than two months after a shipping collision accident that left three foreign sailors dead and eight others missing.

The Panama-flagged Oriental Sunrise sank with 19 crew members -- all from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea -- aboard following a collision with another Panama-flagged cargo ship, Hamburg Bridge, off the coast of Qingdao in Shandong province on Oct. 28 last year.

Chinese rescuers, including technical staff and more than 30 divers, have worked to salvage the sunken ship ever since, said Sui Liben, deputy director of the Qingdao Maritime Safety Bureau.

Rescuers have mainly worked on getting the coal, about 3,000 tonnes in total, out of the cargo ship, Sui said.

Four large buoys, two with a volume of 1,200 cubic meters each and two with a volume of 800 cubic meters each, were used Monday to salvage the sunken ship, he said.

Investigators will get aboard the ship to further look into the cause of the accident, he added.

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