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31 Jul, 2009 14:36

Cargo ship sinks off Sweden’s coast

A Norwegian cargo ship has sunk off Sweden's southwestern coast, with the six crew onboard reported to be Russians and Ukrainians.

A helicopter, plane and several rescue boats have been sent to the area, but have so far only found vessel debris in the Koster Fjord, near the Norwegian border. There is no sign of the crew.

The ship sent distress calls early on Friday, but then the Swedish maritime administration lost contact.

Rescue spokesman, Birger Knutsson, says rescuers have spotted life jackets, a raft and other debris floating on the water, but there was no sign of the crew members.

“The ship has gone down, but there is still hope to find survivors,'' AP quoted him as saying.