Simferopol, Ukraine, 29 January 2001 (RFE/RL) -- Thirty-two people have now been rescued from lifeboats belonging to a ship which sank in the Black Sea on Friday. Fourteen bodies have been recovered and 5 people remain unaccounted for. Ukrainian officials said there were 31 crew members on board the Pamyat Merkuria and 20 passengers when it sank in international waters in the center of the Black Sea.
The cause of the sinking has not been determined.
The ship, used for transporting cargo and passengers, was travelling from Istanbul. It was headed to the Crimean port of Yevpatoria.