One sailor dead, 25 missing in China cargo ship sinkings

PUBLISHED : Monday, 25 November, 2013, 4:32pm
UPDATED : Monday, 25 November, 2013, 4:32pm

Rescuers on Monday searched for 25 sailors missing after two cargo ships sank off China’s east coast in separate incidents, killing at least one crew member, authorities said.

A ship with 14 crew members that was registered in the eastern port city of Tianjin sank early on Monday because of large waves and stormy conditions, the Shandong Maritime Safety Administration said. It had set sail from southeastern Zhejiang province and sank en route to northeastern Liaoning province.

On Sunday evening, a ship registered in Zhejiang province carrying 12 crew members suffered engine failure on the stormy seas and sank off the coast of Shandong.

An administration media officer, Ma Weishan, said that the body of one crew member from Sunday’s incident had been found.

He said rescue planes and boats had been sent to both scenes.