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Cargo ship sinks, 12 missing near Hong Kong: Officials

Published on May 5, 2014 12:40 PM

HONG KONG (AFP) - Twelve crew members from a Chinese cargo ship are missing after it collided with a container vessel and sank just outside Hong Kong waters on Monday, authorities said.

The collision happened in the early hours of the morning near Po Toi Island which lies on the edge of Hong Kong's territory, a fire department spokesman told AFP.

"Two cargo ships collided and one of them sank," a police spokeswoman told AFP.

"Later one male was rescued and was sent to the hospital," she said, adding that rescue operations were underway to find the other crew members.

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