Dead bodies of two Naftohaz-67 sailors conveyed in Ukraine

11:29, 02 April 2008
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A governemntal commission has returned from Hong Kong

Governmental commission representatives have returned in Ukraine from Hong Kong this morning. They conveyed the dead bodies of two perished Ukrainian sailors of Naftohaz-67 tugboat, which sank in a Hong Kong strait on March 22.

According to the Ukrainian Transport and Communication Ministry, a session will be held in the Ministry on Wednesday, with the assistance of deputy Minister Vitaliy Shevchenko, who headed the Ukrainian delegation that visited Hong Kong to probe into the ship wreck.

Ukrainian tugboat Naftohaz 67 collided with Yao Hai, a 150-meter freighter registered on the Chinese mainland, and sunk soon afterwards in the waters off the Lantau Island in Hong Kong at around 9:30 pm (1330 GMT) on March 22.

The Ukrainian tugboat was carrying 24 Ukrainians and one Chinese on board when the accident occurred. Rescue teams saved 6 Ukrainian sailors and the Chinese soon afterwards. The other 18 seamen were still missing and believed to be trapped inside the cabin of the tugboat, which capsized at the seabed about 35 meters underwater.

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