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2 foreign ships collide in E China, 49 onboard saved

2010-11-30 01:44:33 GMT2010-11-30 09:44:33 (Beijing Time)  China Daily

A damaged section of a Maltese vessel, after colliding with a Panamanian ship, is seen off the coast of Weihai, East China's Shandong province early Monday. All 49 crew members aboard the two foreign cargo ships have been rescued, the local maritime bureau said. [Photo/Xinhua]

A damaged section of a Panamanian ship after collision with a Maltese vessel is seen off the coast of Weihai, East China's Shandong province, Nov 29, 2010. [Photo/Xinhua]

A Panamanian ship is seriously damaged after colliding with a Maltese vessel off the coast of Weihai, East China's Shandong province, Nov 29, 2010. [Photo/Xinhua]

A crew member of the Maltese vessel receives treatment at a hospital in Weihai, East China's Shandong province, Nov 29, 2010. [Photo/Xinhua]

JINAN - All 49 sailors aboard two foreign cargo ships that collided in the sea off East China's Shandong province early Monday have been rescued, Chinese maritime authorities said.

The Maritime Bureau in Weihai, a port city in Shandong, received reports at 2:25 am that a Panamanian ship had collided with a Maltese vessel and both were seriously damaged, the bureau said in a press release.

It sent four rescue boats, including a salvage vessel and three towboats, that arrived at the scene at around 5:30 am and rescued all the 49 sailors, the bureau said.

The Maltese ship, en route from Indonesia to Tianjin, was carrying 23 sailors, including 13 Iranians and 10 Filipinos.

All 26 sailors on board the Panamanian ship, en route from Tianjin to Singapore, were Chinese.

The Panamanian ship has been towed to Weihai Port and the Maltese ship to the Longyan Port in Shandong. The cause of the collision is under investigation.

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