Sunday, April 6, 2014

DPRK urges cooperation in rescuing crewmen of sunken cargo ship

PYONGYANG, April 5 (Xinhua) -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) had urged concerning parties to rescue its sunken cargo ship and help survivors return home, the official KCNA news agency reported on Saturday.

The appeal came after the Mongolia-flagged cargo ship Grand Fortune 1 sank in the waters off Jeju Island at dawn on Friday, with crew members of the Kunhae Shipping Company under the DPRK's Maritime Administration, while sailing to Shanghai, China.

Among the 16 DPRK crewmen, two were found dead, three were rescued and 11 others missing, KCNA said, adding that the cause of the accident was under investigation.

"The DPRK hopes that the concerning parties will conduct rescue operations and help the survivors return to their families at an early date from the humanitarian point of view in accordance with the international conventions," said the report.

The 4,300-ton cargo ship ran aground at around 1:19 a.m. local time (GMT 1619), some 74 km off the coast of Yeosu, South Jeolla Province, after sending a distress signal, according to Seoul's unification ministry.

Editor: Fu Peng

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