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Panamanian ship catches fire; 12 sailors rescued

world Updated: Apr 05, 2010 17:49 IST

Chinese rescue teams have saved 12 sailors on board a Panama-flagged cargo ship that caught fire while sailing near the mouth of Yangtze river.

The "Golden Crux 18" ship with 14 crew on board caught fire late last night and its engine room exploded suddenly.

Responding to the distress call, the East China Sea Salvage Bureau (ECSSB) sent a vessel to rescue the sailors.

Twelve sailors abandoned ship on life rafts while two others who were on duty in the cabin got trapped, Xinhua news agency quoted Chinese Ministry of Transport as saying.

The search is on to locate two more.

Of the 12 rescued sailors, 11 are from Philippines and one from Myanmar.

The Panamanian liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) tanker which was 95 meters long and 15 meters wide was on its journey from Nantong in Jiangsu Province to the Republic of Korea when the accident happened.