Cargo ship sinks near Philippine coast, 11 Indian sailors missing

New Delhi: Eleven Indian sailors went missing on Friday after their cargo ship sank in the Pacific off the coast of Philippines, prompting Indian missions in the Philippines, Japan and China to launch a search for them, a PTI report said.

According to Japanese coastguards, a distress call was received early Friday from the 33,205-ton Emerald Star, a Hong Kong-registered freighter, from a location about 150 nautical miles (280 km) off the Philippines’ eastern coast. It said 26 crewmembers, all Indians, were aboard.

The coast guard said three passing freighters rescued 16 of the crewmembers from the sea, and a fourth freighter later also joined the search in the area where the Hong Kong ship is believed to have sunk, a report in The Hindu said.

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