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Russian ship carrying gold ore disappears

MOSCOW, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- A Russian freighter, the Amurskaya, carrying 700 tons of gold ore, disappeared in the Sea of Okhotsk, authorities said Monday.

"The bulk freighter was en route from the port Kiran to the port of Okhotsk with a cargo of gold ore weighing 700 tons. There supposedly was a crew of nine people," the Far Eastern transportation supervising department said in a statement.

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The Amurskaya made a call of distress at 8:15 a.m. Sunday, RIA Novosti reported.

The tanker Novik responded to the distress call but its crew did not see the Amurskaya, investigators said.

The Novik and an amphibious Beriev Be-200 aircraft were searching for the missing vessel, the report said.

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