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12 people abandon cargo ship near Haiti

Coast Guard crews search for people on life raft

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MIAMI – The U.S. Coast Guard said 12 people abandoned a 212-foot cargo ship Thursday night that began sinking about 51 nautical miles northwest of Haiti.

Coast Guard officials said they received a message that the crew members aboard the Bolivian-flagged ship, Minouche, were making preparations to abandon the ship.

Officials said the 12 crew members got onto a life raft after abandoning the ship. The Coast Guard reported 10-foot swells in the area at the time.

A Coast Guard cutter was diverted and a helicopter was launched to the sinking ship's last known position.

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