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Crew of 24 saved from sinking ship off Guam

By Star-Advertiser staff & Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 5:32 a.m. HST, Jan 20, 2014

Two dozen crew members are safe after being rescued from a sinking cargo ship off the coast off Guam, according to U.S. Coast Guard officials.

The Panamanian-flagged 500-foot Rich Forest was headed to China when its crew reported flooding and subsequent loss of power Sunday morning (Saturday in Hawaii). Coast Guard officials dispatched nearby merchant vessels to aid the ship as the nearest Coast Guard vessel was 18 hours away.

By Sunday afternoon, the  crew had abandoned the 500-foot ship and boarded life rafts.

About three hours later, a bulk cargo vessel called the CS Sunshine reached the crew and safely rescued all of them.

The abandoned ship is now adrift. The Coast Guard is warning nearby ships of the navigation hazard

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