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A Russian-manned cargo ship that vanished last month in the Atlantic was found Friday near Cape Verde off the coast of West Africa, according to French and Russian officials. There was no immediate information about the condition of the crew or whether there was anyone else onboard.
The Arctic Sea – carrying a load of timber and 15 Russian sailors – disappeared after passing through the English Channel on July 28. The Maltese-flagged freighter sent radio messages as it sailed along the coasts of France and Portugal, but then all contact was lost.
"Cape Verde coast guards said they have located the boat" about 520 miles (840 kilometers) off Cape Verde, said French Defense Ministry spokesman Capt. Jerome Baroe. France was involved in search efforts together with several other countries.
Two military officials in Brussels separately confirmed the ship had been tracked and located off West Africa. The officials asked not to be named while the operation was ongoing.
Russian naval ships were ordered to pursue the ship after the Cape Verde coast guard reported the freighter was outside the country's territorial waters to the north, Russian Ambassador to Cape Verde, Alexander Karpushin, told The Associated Press.
Ransom demand made for Arctic Sea cargo ship
A RANSOM has been demanded from the Finnish owners of a Russian-crewed cargo ship that disappeared two weeks ago, Finnish police said. "Yes it is true that there has been a demand for ransom which is money, and the demand has been made to the company which owns the ship, Solchart Management in Finland," Detective Chief Superintendent Jan Nyholm said.