2012 Jul 12

Cargo ship sank in East China's port

Chinese maritime authorities reported that two children has died and seven others are missing after a cargo ship capsized and sank early Wednesday at a port in east China's Jiangsu province.

The accident, involving a cargo ship docked at the port of Zhenjiang, happened at 2:25 am, according to Zhenjiang Municipal Marine Safety Bureau.

All 24 people on board were flung into the water, with 17 rescued, the bureau said, adding that two children died after medical treatment failed.

The bureau said the ship was carrying more than 10,000 tonnes of iron ore and reported no collision. The cause of the accident is being investigated.

Local authorities have dispatched rescue vessels to the site to search for the missing.

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