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  11 die as timber ship sinks

    lundi 31 décembre 2007

Monday, 31 December 2007

ELEVEN seafarers are thought to have died when the Thai-registered dry cargo ship Emerald sank in Brunei Bay, near the Malaysian island of Labuan last Wednesday. The 1968-built, 961 gt vessel was carrying sawn timber and plywood from Kota Kinabalu to Bangkok when it went down in rough weather. Two survivors were rescued by Brunei maritime authorities.

On Sunday Malaysian Admiral Ahmad Puzi Abdul Kahar was reported as saying search and rescue operations were ongoing for the seven Myanmar and four Thai nationals in waters close to Labuan and in Brunei Bay within a 30 to 50 nautical mile radius. He said : "We were notified by Brunei maritime authorities and are working with the Brunei Maritime Control Centre to look for the missing sailors."

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