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Five dead, huge toll of animals as livestock boat sinks

TRIPOLI, Lebanon: Rescuers were continuing the search for dozens of people still missing after a freighter sank in stormy seas off the northern coast of Lebanon with more than 80 people on board, including one Australian.A Lebanese military spokesman said 38 crew members had been found alive and four bodies were pulled from the water after the Panamanian-flagged Danny F II, which was transporting livestock, sank in bad weather.The weather and thousands of dead animals floating in the water were hampering their efforts.”We have recovered 42 people, among them four dead,” he said. He added that the search operations had been widened early yesterday to international waters near Syria.”We have two Lebanese naval ships, two civilian vessels, as well as boats from the UN force stationed in Lebanon (UNIFIL) taking part in the search,” he said.A rescue official said that one of those found alive had died after being pulled out of the sea, taking the death toll to five.”The sea conditions were rough and we couldn’t get him to hospital in time,” he said.One of the survivors, a Filipino national, told rescuers that the British captain of the vessel, which was heading from Uruguay to the Syrian port of Tartous, had been killed.”He told us that the ship’s engine went down and the captain sounded the alarm and told everyone to jump in the water,” a rescue official recounted. ”He said that 10 minutes after they jumped, the ship overturned sideways in very high waves and sank with the captain still on board.”Taking part in the search were Syrian boats as well as a British rescue helicopter which flew from Cyprus. ”The sea conditions are rough and we need to find the survivors quickly because they run the risk of hypothermia,” a Tripoli port official said.The military spokesman said the crew had time to put on their flotation jackets. The ship overturned about 20 kilometres off Tripoli after sending a distress signal.It had changed course and was trying to reach the Lebanese capital Beirut when it capsized.The ship left Montevideo on November 23 with about 10,000 sheep and almost 18,000 cattle.All of the animals were presumed lost.Agence France-Presse
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