2 Ukrainian Sailors' Bodies Found

HONG KONG -- Divers recovered two bodies Wednesday from a Ukrainian tugboat that capsized in Hong Kong waters and searched for 16 other sailors believed dead after being trapped in the overturned hull last weekend, Hong Kong's government said.

The first body was found near the entrance of the vessel's auxiliary engine room, government spokeswoman Michelle Ip said. It was not immediately clear where the second body was found, she added.

The Ukrainian tugboat Neftegaz 67 sank rapidly after it collided Saturday with the Chinese cargo ship Yao Hai in waters northwest of Hong Kong's outlying Lantau island. Six Ukrainians and a Chinese citizen were immediately rescued.

Eighteen Ukrainian sailors were trapped in the capsized vessel's hull.

Ip said rescuers would continue their efforts until the vessel is retrieved and the bodies located.

The ship has 32 rooms and rescue divers have searched five so far, fire services official Chow Wing-tak told a news conference Wednesday.