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WORLD : Ship Sinks in English Channel

January 30, 1990|From Times Wire Services

LONDON — A Greek-registered ship carrying 19 crew members and a load of cement apparently sank in a storm in the English Channel, the coast guard said today.

The coast guard said two lifeboats and a life raft from the ship Flag Theofano and two bodies washed ashore on England's south coast. One body was identified as a Greek crew member.

The coast guard said the vessel left Le Havre, France, on Monday afternoon for Southampton. The last contact with the ship was at 7:35 p.m. Monday, the coast guard said, and no Mayday call was received.

A Royal Navy diver searched the water five miles south of Portsmouth where the coast guard said an oil slick, air bubbles and a rope attached to something below the water's surface were found. Divers were waiting for the weather to improve to begin their search for the 324-foot, 1,184-ton ship.

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