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Hong Kong cargo ship missing

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Japanese Coast Guard is looking for a Hong-Kong cargo ship that went missing in stormy seas off the coast of a southwestern Japanese island on Tuesday.

The Coast Guard got a call from Hong Kong’s maritime rescue office before dawn on Thursday.

The office said it had lost contact with a 4,000-ton cargo ship, the New Lucky Seven, with a crew of 17. The ship had reported to its owner in Hong Kong on Tuesday morning from about 100 kilometers west of the island of Amami Oshima in the East China Sea. On board were 14 Indonesians, 2 Chinese and a Taiwanese.

A Coast Guard team consisting of an aircraft and 2 patrol boats dispatched to the area found a large oil slick floating 10 kilometers off that location.

The ship was on its way back to China, carrying timber from Papua New Guinea, when it went missing in stormy seas caused by a freak low pressure system.

Thursday, April 05, 2012