Hopes fade for 39 missing crew

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Hopes fade for 39 missing crew

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Dozens of crews members are still missing after a cargo ship carrying livestock sank in a storm off the Lebanese coast.

Six bodies have been recovered so far. Rescuers have plucked 38 people from the sea and the first survivors have arrived on land.

The Panamanian flagged Danny F II capsized 11 nautical miles off Tripoli on Thursday, during a voyage from Uruguay to Syria.

Twenty four hours after the sinking, hopes are fading of finding any of the remaining 39 sailors alive. Strong winds, high seas and the floating bodies of dead animals are hampering rescue attempts.

The crew were mainly from the Philippines and Pakistan.

The UN interim force UNIFIL has a naval task force in the area, which is assisting the rescue operation.

Many of the sunken boat’s crew are believed to have had time to don lifejackets as the freighter went down.

Lebanese army vessels and Cyprus-based British military helicopters have been involved in the overnight rescue effort.