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The missing cargo ship found

The missing cargo ship found
Arctic Sea - the Russian-crewed general cargoship that went missing after passing through the Channel late last month - has been located around 400 miles off the Cape Verde Islands.

Arctic Sea - the Russian-crewed general cargoship that went missing after passing through the Channel late last month - has been located around 400 miles off the Cape Verde Islands.

Arctic Sea - the Russian-crewed general cargoship that went missing after passing through the Channel late last month - has been located around 400 miles off the Cape Verde Islands, according to unconfirmed reports.

According to Russian radio stations, Alexander Karpushin, Russia"s ambassador to the former Portuguese colony, said a Russian naval frigate was headed to the area.

NATO spokesman Cmdr Chris Davies, at NATO"s maritime headquarters in England, said NATO was monitoring the situation but was not directly involved in the search. ?We do not have a specific position,? he added.

The whereabouts of 1991-built, 4,706 dwt Arctic Sea have been unknown since July 29, when data from the Lloyd"s Marine Intelligence Unit vessel-tracking service positioned it off southwest England.

The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency has confirmed the vessel reported to Dover coastguard the day before, and there have been subsequent reports that it was seen by a spotter plane off the coast of Portugal.

Arctic Sea first hit the headlines last month, when Swedish police confirmed they were investigating allegations that a gang of masked men impersonating police officers had seized the vessel in Swedish waters. The intruders purportedly insisted on searching the ship for drugs.

Around 15 Russian national seafarers claimed at the time that they were tied up and beaten by a group of around 10 men who boarded the ship on July 24 off the Swedish islands of Öland and Gotland. No serious injuries were reported.

www.TurkishMaritime.com.tr

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