Rescuers combed the South China Sea for survivors from a capsized oil barge. Divers spotted the barge’s missing diving chamber but feared that its four trapped occupants are dead. Worsening weather prevented a rescue attempt. Officials differ over how many of the 195 crew members on board had been saved after the barge capsized during a typhoon. The Singapore-based marine engineering firm McDermott Southeast Asia Ltd. said there are 172 survivors and that 10 people are missing. Earlier, rescue officials said 174 oil workers had been rescued.
WORLD IN BRIEF : HONG KONG : Search Continues for Barge Survivors
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