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Tugboat searches for crewmembers who abandoned burning ship

HONOLULU — A tugboat was searching Tuesday for crew members who weren’t rescued when the ship they were on caught fire while transporting automobiles from Japan to Hawaii.

The Sincerity Ace had 21 crew members aboard when the fire started last week. The crew members abandoned the burning vessel, which stretches 650 feet.

Ships in the area rescued 16. Four were listed as unresponsive in the water. The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search for one missing crew member.

Japanese shipping company Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd. owns the Panamanian-flagged vessel.

Company spokesman Darrell Wilson said tugboat crew members who arrived Monday are trying to find the remaining crew members before towing the ship.

He said vessels in the area were asked to look out for bodies.

Wilson doesn’t know if the ship is still burning.
Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald

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