PANAMANIAN SHIP SINKS IN CHINA SEA

PANAMANIAN SHIP SINKS IN CHINA SEA

A 2,878-ton Panamanian cargo ship sank Monday in rough seas in the East China Sea, but all 11 South Korean and three Filipino crewmembers were rescued by Japanese helicopters, the Maritime Safety Agency reported.

An agency official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the crewmembers of the Sandakan were picked up by agency and self-defense marine force helicopters while drifting in two lifeboats about 125 miles north of Naha, Okinawa.He said the Sandakan, owned by Santiago LNG SA of Panama, was heading for Okayama, western Japan, from China when the vessel sank.