Seoul: A cargo ship is believed to have sunk
in the South China Sea on Monday leaving 21 crew missing, South
Korea`s Yonhap news agency reported.
The 15,000-tonne ship ceased to be contactable after
leaving Penang in Malaysia, but four crew were rescued by Hong
Kong and Vietnam maritime police, the report said.
The missing include nine South Koreans, it said, without
giving further details.
"The ship is presumed to have sunken... we are closely
cooperating with Hong Kong and Vietnam maritime police for
search of the other crewmen," an official at Seoul`s foreign
ministry was quoted as saying.