1 Jan 2011

20 missing as ship sinks off Marshall Islands

6:03 pm on 1 January 2011

Twenty people are missing in the North Pacific, after a supply ship sank about 130 kilometres from the Marshall Islands capital Majuro.

The Marshall Islands Shipping Corporation says the 27-metre vessel, carrying heavy equipment and construction materials to workers building a school on Likiep atoll, sank early on Friday morning.

A US Coastguard plane has been sent from Hawaii to search for survivors.

The corporation says the crew gave good co-ordinates before the boat sank, and it was carrying two life rafts and enough life jackets for everyone.