Cargo sinks off China's east coast: 13 missed

A Chinese cargo ship sank in high winds off China's northeastern coast, and rescuers were searching Thursday for 13 missing crew members, the government said. The ship sank Wednesday evening while trying to anchor at the port of Longkou, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

The vessel was "tilted by (a) huge wave, spilling all of the 14 people onboard into the sea," the report said. It said one person was rescued and emergency crews were still looking for the others at midday on Thursday.

The report didn't give the identities or nationalities of the crew members, but nearly all sailors on Chinese ships are from China's mainland.

The ship was bound from the port of Shantou, northeast of Hong Kong on China's southeastern coast, to Laizhou in the northeast with a cargo of 3,400 tons of clay, the report said, reports the AP. I.L.

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