Vietnamese ship with 23 crewmen missing off Philippines

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A Vietnamese ship together with 23 crewmen has gone missing off the Philippines, Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Center (VMRCC) said Monday.

The center quoted Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) as saying that its ship, Vinalines Queen, was at 20-00N; 123-47.1E off the Luzon Island before the company lost contact with it on Sunday.

It tilted 18 degrees before disappearing, Vinalines added.

VMRCC has asked for help from the research and rescue centers of Taiwan and the Philippines. However, because of bad weather, they have yet to access the site where the ship -- which was carrying 54,400 tons of nickel ore from Morowali in Indonesia to China's Ningde City -- went missing.

A report on VnExpress on Tuesday said the Vietnamese center also informed the forces of Hong Kong and Japan of the accident for cooperative research efforts.

So far the ship and its crewmen are nowhere to be found.

According to the newswire, the center will probably assign helicopters to the site to search for victims.

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