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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chinese Freighter Sinks

MOSCOW () -- A Chinese cargo ship hit a reef and sank Saturday near the disputed Kuril Islands, but Russian vessels rescued all 28 crew members, Itar-Tass said.

The Ninghai, which was on its way to Japan from Canada with 17 tons of fertilizer, went down off the island of Kitoi where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Okhotsk, it said.

An oil slick from the Ninghai contaminated the island's shoreline, it said.

The report said the crew members were taken to a Chinese ship, the Iohai.