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VN temporarily ends search for missing Vinalines Queen sailors

Update: January, 09/2012 - 14:48

HA NOI – Viet Nam Maritime Search and Rescue Co-ordination Centre would temporarily end the search for 22 missing sailors of the sunken cargo vessel Vinalines Queen if there were no more signs to follow, said the centre's General Director Nguyen Anh Vu.

Vu said Japan and the Philippines had no plans to continue their specialised rescue plane and ship search without new information about the sunken vessel. Their search and rescue forces, along with those of China and Việt Nam, asked other vessels to strengthen their watch on the sea. If any sign was found, they were asked to send that information to the search and rescue forces.

Vinalines Queen cargo vessel, which was transporting 54,000 tonnes of nickel ore to China from Indonesia, sank two weeks ago. Only one sailor has been found alive since the incident.

Deputy General Director of Việt Nam National Shipping Lines Le Anh Son said Vinalines had a US$27 million insurance policy on the ship and accident insurance of $25,000-40,000 for each sailor. – VNS

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