Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Rescue efforts continue at Naftogaz-67 wreck site

Search and rescue efforts are continuing at the wreck site of Ukraine's Naftogaz-67 tugboat, which sank off Hong Kong on March 22.

According to the operations headquarters of state joint stock company Chornomornaftogaz, which deployed in Crimea's Chornomorske settlement, after a five-hour break caused by bad weather, divers are continuing to examine compartments of the sunken vessel.

"Deck superstructure and interior sectors will be searched in the first place, and the ship is being prepared for salvaging," the headquarters says.

The Naftogaz-67 sank in the South China Sea near Hong Kong on March 22 after collision with Chinese cargo ship Yao Hai. Seven out of 25 crewmen were rescued, including one citizen of China. Rescuers also found three dead sailors from the sunken ship. Another 15 Ukrainian sailors are missing. The majority of the crew were residents of Crimea.

A ten-men-strong delegation of Chornomornaftogaz, to which the vessel belongs, including six crewmembers who survived, are taking an active part in the effort.