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Freighter Sinks Off China’s Coast

September 25, 2001

BEIJING (AP) _ A Cambodian-registered freighter sank off China’s northeastern port of Dalian after colliding with a ferry, and one sailor was missing, an official said Tuesday.

The Yuantong No. 1 was carrying 60 tons of oil, but it was unclear whether any was leaking, said the official of the Dalian Maritime Bureau. He refused to give his name.

The ship sank early Monday after colliding with a ferry carrying 241 passengers, 48 crew and 30 cars, according to the newspaper People’s Daily. It said the ships collided south of Dalian in the Yellow Sea.

The ferry Guorun arrived safely in port, the official said.

Seven of the freighter’s eight crew members were rescued, and a search was under way for the other sailor, the official said. He had no information on the identity or nationality of the missing crew member.

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