Sixteen sailors from a South Korean cargo vessel are missing after it collided with a Chinese-owned container ship and sank off China's northeast coast.
The collision happened before dawn Saturday in foggy conditions near the Chinese port of Yantai in Shandong province.
The South Korean ship, Golden Rose, was carrying 16 sailors, including seven South Koreans. The remaining crew members are from Burma and Indonesia.
China's official Xinhua News Agency says Chinese helicopters and rescue boats are searching the accident site for survivors. It says rescuers have so far only recovered two empty life rafts and some wreckage from the South Korean boat.
Xinhua says the Golden Rose was carrying 59 million tons of steel to South Korea from northeast China's Liaoning province. It says there were no reports of damage to the Chinese container ship, the Jinsheng.
Xinhua says the cause of the collision is under investigation.
Information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.