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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Crew abandon Cambodian cargo ship off west Cyprus September 10, 2001

PAPHOS, Cyprus (AP) - The crew of a small Cambodian cargo ship abandoned the vessel as it listed in heavy seas Friday, Cypriot police said. Cypriot coastguard boats picked up the seven crew members from a lifeboat about 12 miles west of Cyprus at about 9 a.m. local time (0600 GMT), the police said in a statement. The ship, Lynn, sank several hours later, the police said.

The ship was sailing from the Cypriot port of Limassol to Corinth, Greece, when it issued a distress call because it was listing sharply. The crew consisted of two Greeks and five Ukrainians. The Lynn had a cargo of about 650 tons of copper sheeting. The government's department of merchant shipping is investigating the incident. ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Russian refrigerator ship sinks near Japan September 10, 2001

MOSCOW (AP) via NewsEdge Corporation -

A Russian refrigerator ship whose crew was removed from the vessel on Saturday has sunk off the southern coast of Japan, news reports said Sunday. The Avior, with a cargo of 2,700 tons of frozen fish, began taking on water as it was going from the Sea of Okhotsk to the South Korean port of Pusan, the ITAR-Tass news agency said.

The ship sent an SOS signal Friday night and the Japanese Coast Guard evacuated the 29 crew members and took them to the port of Hakodate on Hokkaido Island, the report said. None of the crew members was injured. The ship sank late Saturday night despite efforts to tow it to Hakodate, the Interfax news agency said.

-- Rich Marsh (, September 10, 2001

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