The crew of a listing Russian general cargo ship have been evacuated. The Alfa issued a distress signal yesterday afternoon off Yeosu in South Korea. The ship, owned by Nakhodka-headquartered LANS, was en route to China when it ran into difficulty, shedding a large cargo of timber. The Korean Coast Guard has warned fishing vessels in the area to be wary of the floating timber.
The ship has since listed and is now aground to the southeast of Yeosu.