NEW York's Chinese community has banded together to bury six unidentified victims of the ill-fated smuggling ship Golden Venture after attempts to track down relatives and friends in China and the United States failed. The unclaimed bodies were cremated and laid to rest on Wednesday at Rose Hill Cemetery in Irvington, New Jersey, after prominent business people and associations agreed to take care of the burial arrangements. The bodies of the men had been lying in refrigerated vaults at the city morgue since being recovered from the Atlantic last summer. The 45-metre Golden Venture ran aground on a sandbar 200 metres off Rockaway Beach in the borough of Queens at dawn last June 6 and about 300 illegal Chinese immigrants made a mad scramble to get ashore. At least 10 Chinese, all thought to be from Fujian province, died in the panic to cross a shallow stretch of chilly surf. Six of the victims were recovered immediately and bodies of the others were washed up along the coast over the next month. Four bodies identified and claimed by relatives have been sent back to China. Investigators believe that one of the unidentified bodies might be that of Fujian resident Lam Koshui, whose name appeared on a document seized on board of the ship. DNA tests are still be carried out to confirm his identity. Chan Mak Kit-ming, who owns the Wu Fok and Tsuen Fok morgues in New York's Chinatown agreed to take responsibility for the services out of sympathy for the dead. The US$4,000 (HK$30,900) cost of the burial service was covered by Mrs Chan, the Mai Tung Buddhist Association, the Fukien American Association, and several overseas Chinese people and associations. Other funeral costs were paid by Ying Kim Yuk Tong of the Mai Tung Buddhist Association, who donated US$2,000. Most of the 285 survivors of the Golden Venture are still being held in detention centres in the US, fighting deportation to China. Five are believed to have escaped when the ship ran aground. The ship was apparently beached by the captain in an attempt to double-cross members of the Fuk Ching gang, who had been involved in planning the complicated operation. All 20 crew members, including the Indonesian captain, Amir Humuntal Lumban Tobing, and the alleged ''enforcer'', Lee Kin-sin, pleaded guilty last month under deals struck with New York prosecutors. Tobing admitted one charge of conspiracy to commit alien smuggling after agreeing to co-operate with authorities. Lee, who had faced six manslaughter charges and life in jail, pleaded guilty to one charge of causing death while in charge of the vessel and charge of conspiracy to commit alien smuggling. Eight other crew pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit alien smuggling, while a further 10 admitted a lesser charge of aiding and abetting the gang. Meanwhile, Nikola Severdija, a Miami businessman who bought the Golden Venture last year for US$75,000, plans to turn the rusting hulk into an immigrant museum.