Vietnam Cargo Ship Sinks off Near Philippine, 22 die

A Vietnamese cargo boat that vanished near the Philippines on Christmas Day has sunk, killing 22 of its 23 crew members, Vietnam state shipping firm Vinalines said Friday.

“According to our initial information, only one sailor has been rescued and the vessel has not been found yet,” a Vinalines official based in Hanoi said.

The ship was carrying more than 54,000 tons of nickel ore and 23 crew members were on board. The Vinalines Queen disappeared after passing Luzon island and apparently did not send out a distress signal. One crew member named Dau Ngoc Hung was rescued by a British ship, heading towards Singapore.