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14 on cargo ship feared lost at sea

December 26, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

Coast guard boats and helicopters searched for 14 sailors feared dead in chilly waters off South Korea after their cargo ship was thought to have sunk in high seas.

The ship, carrying 2,000 tons of nitric acid, disappeared after it sent out a distress signal off Yeosu, 280 miles south of Seoul. One sailor was rescued but the remaining 14 crew members had yet to be located.

Coast guard officials said the nitric acid was not expected to cause environmental damage because it easily dilutes.

The coast guard had found 18 drums and several life jackets and boats believed to be from the ship, but no wreckage, officials said.

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