Molasses Ship Splits, Sinks
Wednesday, February 28, 2001
A ship carrying molasses from India to Amsterdam split in two and sank in high seas off Spain's northwest coast, drowning three crew members and leaving eight missing. Air and sea rescue teams plucked 24 survivors from lifeboats after they abandoned the Maltese-registered Kristal, which broke apart about 110 km (70 miles) off Galicia, a Spanish coastguard spokesman said. "The search for the missing people is under way with helicopters and boats," he said.The crew included Croats, Pakistanis, Yugoslavs, Romanians and Spaniards, he added.