Filipino merchant sailor lost at sea off French port

LE HAVRE, France (AFP) - A Filipino sailor was lost at sea after falling overboard from a cargo ship as it left port in north-west France, the French coast guard said on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old sailor, who was not wearing a life-vest, had been trying to secure a ladder late Monday when he apparently slipped and fell into the water under the 270-metre long vessel, which was flying a Liberian flag.

Searches on Tuesday in the sea off the French port of Le Havre failed to locate him and the coast guard called them off after determining that his chances of survival were "very limited".