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Ship carrying iron ore sinks off Indian coast

Ship carrying iron ore sinks off Indian coast

Mumbai: A cargo ship carrying around 25,000 tonnes of iron ore capsized off Orissa's coast on Wednesday evening and a crew member is missing, Reuters writes quoting a senior port official.

The vessel, operating under a Mongolian flag, capsized 5-6 km (3-4 miles) off the harbour area after it had loaded iron ore at Paradip port, the port's Deputy Chairman Biplav Kumar said.

"Of the total 27 crew members, 26 have been rescued," he said, adding the accident had not disrupted shipping traffic. Kumar did not say why the ship sank.

Rescuers are currently trying to find the missing crew member.  [10/09/09]