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Updated: Sun, 29 Dec 2013 17:42:07 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Cargo ship in distress near Portugal Cove South



The joint rescue co-ordination centre in Halifax says a 24-member crew is being rescued from a container ship off the coast of Newfoundland. 20 other crew members remain on the ship and are working to resolve the issue. CBC

The joint rescue co-ordination centre in Halifax says a 24-member crew is being rescued from a container ship off the coast of Newfoundland. 20 other crew members remain on the ship and are working to resolve the issue. CBC

The joint rescue co-ordination centre in Halifax says four passengers have been rescued from a container ship in distress off the coast of Newfoundland.

Officials say the passengers — who were en route from Antwerp, Belgium, to Newark, New Jersey — were hoisted from the MSC Monterey, which is located about 60 kilometres south of Portugal Cove South, by two Cormorant helicopters out of 103 Squadron Gander.

The two men and two women were taken to an RCMP casualty reception point in Portugal Cove South. No one was injured.

The 20 crew members remain on the ship and are working to resolve the issue.

Several aircraft and a Coast Guard vessel were deployed to help with the rescue after the ship sent out a distress call at about 11 a.m. local time. Officials said the crew reported a small crack in the hull above the waterline.

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