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24 Mar, 2008 04:29

Hopes fading for missing sailors

China to send two more rescue boats to search for 18 Ukrainian sailors believed to be trapped in a sunken cargo ship off the Hong Kong coast. Chinese rescuers say chances of finding the sailors alive are slim nearly 40 hours after the Ukrainian vessel san

It capsized and sank after a head-on collision with a Chinese boat off Lantou Island late on Saturday. Seven people have been rescued.

A tug is currently trying to move the ship to shallower waters. An earlier attempt was abandoned due to strong currents. Divers have also failed to reach the sailors.