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Family lost after ship sank still not found

SHANGHAI'S maritime and rescue team said yesterday they were still searching for three people missing after a cargo ship sank on Tuesday in local Wusongkou waters.

There were five people onboard and two of them were rescued soon after the accident on Tuesday, said Shanghai's maritime administration.

The missing three were a family, including a boy and his parents, said officials. The two saved are the boy's grandparents, added the officials.

Maritime officials said a fuel leak from the ship had been cleaned up yesterday.

Rescue teams were first alerted about 2:20pm on Tuesday that a ship was sinking in a high gale with the cabin flooded. A maritime patrol ship took the grandparents out of the water at about 2:25pm.

A helicopter joined in about 3:50pm but failed to find the missing three, officials said. The helicopter, from the East China Sea rescue flying task force, had to return to base as night fell, said the authorities.

Salvage work, held up by high waves, is expected to be finished soon.

The ship, measuring 45 meters long, was scheduled to carry 770 tons of steel material from Shanghai to neighboring Jiangsu Province's Nantong port.

Strong winds at the mouth of Yangtze River also held off ferry services between the downtown and Chongming and Yangshan islands, traffic authorities said. Operations also were halted at the Yangshan Deep-Water Port, officials said.


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