Wed, February 25, 2009
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Surviving Chinese sailors arrive in Beijing

2009-02-25 08:28:26 GMT2009-02-25 16:28:26 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Li Guangchao (C), a crew member of the sank cargo ship "New Star", calls his family upon his arrival at the airport in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 25, 2009. The cargo ship sank off Russia's far-east port of Vladivostok on Sunday after coming under fire from Russian coast guard vessels. Three Chinese crew members were rescued.(Xinhua/Xing Guangli)

Crew members of the sank cargo ship "New Star" talks to an official of Foreign Ministry of China upon their arrival at the airport in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 25, 2009. (Xinhua/Xing Guangli)

Song Jin (L), a crew member of the sank sank cargo "New Star", arrives at the airport in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 25, 2009. (Xinhua/Xing Guangli)

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- Three Chinese sailors who survived the sinking of a civilian cargo ship at the Sea of Japan left the Russian Far Eastern city of Vladivostok for home on Wednesday.

The three were rescued when the dry cargo ship New Star, with 16 crew members aboard, sank on Feb. 15 at the Sea of Japan, after being fired upon by Russian coastal guard vessels that were chasing it.

Half of the 16 crew members, including one Indonesian and seven Chinese, got lost after boarding a raft. The survivors were rescued by another Russian ship.

Russia's law enforcement department has launched a criminal case to probe into the incident.

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