57 Missing After Ships Sink

Friday, February 17, 2006
At least 57 people are missing after two ships sank in high winds in the Taiwan Strait off southeast China, the state news agency said on Friday, according to a report on www.cbc.ca.

Xinhua said the first ship, carrying 37 people, struck a reef near coastal Fujian province's Pingtan island late Thursday.

The Fujian Maritime Safety Administration says the ship, headed for Indonesia, was fully loaded with aquatic products when strong winds carried it onto the reef.

About two hours later, a fishing boat with 27 people sank near Pingtan island. Three people were rescued, but the rest are missing.

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