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Search on for missing Indian crew aboard capsized cargo ship off Philippines: Govt

The Hong Kong-registered cargo ship Emerald Star sank some 600 km south of Ishigaki island of Okinawa prefecture early Friday.

india Updated: Oct 16, 2017 21:07 IST
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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Two of the rescued crew members of the ‘Emerald Star’ in a Xiamen hospital. Officials from our Guangzhou Consulate visited the injured 11 crew members who were rescued (MEA/Twitter)

The government is using aircraft and vessels to search for 10 Indian crew members, who went missing after their cargo ship sank in the Pacific off the Philippines last week, the external affairs ministry said on Monday.

They also said that five Indian crew members of ‘Emerald Star’ are in Irene, the Philippines, and country’s mission is bringing them to Manila before repatriation to India.

“Officials from our Guangzhou Consulate visited the injured Indian crew of ‘Emerald Star’ in a Xiamen hospital. 11 crew members are in Xiamen. Search for missing 10 crew members still ongoing using aircraft and vessels. We will keep posting regular updates on further developments,” ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

On Friday, the 33,205-tonne cargo ship Emerald Star with 26 Indian nationals on board sank off Okinawa. While 16 Indians were rescued, a search for the missing crew members was launched by Indian missions in the Philippines, Japan and China to locate them.

First Published: Oct 16, 2017 21:07 IST