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Report: 14 sailors missing

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  • 13,000-ton freighter sinks near port city of Yeosu after sending distress call
  • A Myanmarese was rescued; 12 Koreans and two Myanmarese are missing
  • The ship was carrying 2,000 tons of nitric acid, heading toward Taiwan
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SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) -- Fourteen seamen were missing Tuesday after a ship carrying nitric acid sank off the coast of South Korea in rough seas, maritime police said, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

The Eastern Bright, a 13,000-ton freighter, disappeared in waters near the port city of Yeosu, about 280 miles (450 km) south of Seoul, after sending a distress signal around 4:20 a.m., the police told Yonhap.

One seaman, a Myanmarese, was rescued about five hours after the SOS went out, but the other 14 -- 12 Koreans and two Myanmarese -- were unaccounted for, according to the maritime police.

The freighter filled with 2,000 tons of nitric acid left Yeosu late Monday night and was on its way to Taiwan when it sank, according to Yonhap. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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