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Moldovan Ship Sinks In Storm, Ukrainian Crew Safe

A Moldovan cargo ship sank in bad weather off Israel's coast, but its crew of 11 Ukrainians were all rescued.

Yigal Maor of Israel's Shipping and Ports Authority told Israel Radio that the crew got off on life rafts, and are "alive and well" after being picked up by a Taiwanese merchant vessel.

Another official with the Shipping and Ports Authority named the Moldovan ship as the "Adriatic."

Israeli media said the ship had been carrying 3,000 tons of iron and had issued a mayday call 16 kilometers from the port of Ashdod as squalls raked Israel's coast.