3 DPRK sailors dead after ship sinks

Updated: 2011-11-04 20:06


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QINGDAO - The body of a missing DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) sailor was found Friday, bringing the death toll from the October 28 sinking of a cargo ship off the coast of China to three, with rescuers continuing to search for eight missing sailors, according to Chinese maritime officials.

The Panama-flagged Oriental Sunrise sank with 19 crew members aboard following a collision with the Panama-flagged cargo ship Hamburg Bridge at 7:35 pm off the coast of east China's city of Qingdao in Shandong Province.

The first sailor to perish in the incident died after being rescued, as he was heavily injured. The body of another sailor was retrieved on October 31. Eight of the other sailors have been rescued and rescue workers are still searching for the remaining missing, according to officials from the Qingdao Maritime Safety Administration.

Salvage operations for the sunken ship are also under way, the officials said.

All of the crew members are from the DPRK, according to the Qingdao Frontier Inspection Station.