SKorean ship sinks south of Hong Kong; 7 missing

AP News
Posted: Nov 21, 2011 11:37 PM

A South Korean freighter has sunk in the South China Sea, leaving seven crew members missing, South Korean officials said Tuesday.

South Korea's Foreign Ministry said that 14 other crew members have been rescued from the 15,000-ton ship, "Bright Ruby," which sank Monday afternoon south of Hong Kong amid bad weather. The ship is owned by a South Korean company.

The ministry said in a statement that a rescue team is looking for the missing crew of three South Koreans and four from Myanmar. Hong Kong maritime authorities have dispatched a helicopter to aid in the search, while Vietnamese officials are helping to locate the ship.