Indians go missing as ship sinks

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 13, 2017

Eleven Indian crew members were missing on Friday after their cargo ship sank in the Pacific off the Philippines as a typhoon churned in the region, Japan's coastguard said.

The agency reported that the 33,205-tonne Emerald Star was registered in Hong Kong and that it had a total of 26 Indian crew members on board.

Earlier media reports said that 15 of the 26 Indian crew aboard the ship were rescued by ships nearby, and 11 were missing.

The Hong Kong-registered cargo ship was sailing almost 280 kilometres (174 miles) east of the northern tip of the Philippines. "Our Missions in Japan, Philippines & China on the job", said Raveesh Kumar, the (Ministry of External Affiars) MEA spokesperson.

The Japanese coast guard said that it sent two patrol boats and three planes at the site for search and rescue, but a typhoon was making the operation hard.

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