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Shipwreck survivors arrive safely

THREE Chinese survivors from a cargo ship that sank near Okinawa, Japan, arrived in Shanghai yesterday, hours after leaving Ishigaki, where they had been treated in hospital, a spokesman with the frontier station at Shanghai Pudong International Airport said.

Geng Wenlei, Yang Lei and Ji Changfeng were all described as in stable condition, the spokesman said.

The bodies of the two confirmed dead Chinese crew members were also returned to Shanghai, the spokesman added.

The Panama-registered Nasco Diamondo with a crew of 25 - all Chinese - sank south of Okinawa early on Wednesday.

The Japanese coast guard and Taiwanese patrol boats picked up four survivors, one of whom died later in hospital, and one body.

The Japanese coast guard had yet to locate the ship and the 20 missing crew members, said Jin Mingyu, consul of the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo.

The survivors boarded a plane to Shanghai at 8:55am yesterday.

A Japanese coast guard official confirmed on Friday that the 17,000-ton vessel had sunk near Okinawa.


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