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2 killed, 15 missing after ship sinks off China

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • The cargo ship sank Friday in the Yellow Sea
  • 20 sailors were aboard and three were rescued
  • Gale-force winds are making the rescue difficult

Beijing (CNN) -- Fifteen sailors remained missing Saturday after a North-Korean-registered cargo ship sank in the Yellow Sea, killing two, China's state media reported.

It sank in China's Jiangsu Province early Friday after water entered the ship amid strong gales, the Xinhua news agency reported, citing the ministry of transport's rescue center.

The 226-foot-long ship, the Kang Bong, was carrying 20 sailors.

Three of the sailors were rescued after the center sent a ship and two helicopters to the scene. Two bodies were recovered, Xinhua said.

The gale-force winds were making the rescue difficult, the rescue center told Xinhua.