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29 ON SHIP FEARED DEAD; SURVIVORS RECOUNT SINKING

Survivors of a ship collision in haze-cloaked waters off Malaysia said Saturday they listened helplessly as trapped shipmates slid beneath the seas with their crippled freighter.

"I saw the ship going down after splitting into two as a result of the impact," said Cartik Venghatraman.

A supertanker rammed the Indian-registered cargo ship late Friday in the Strait of Malacca, where thick smoke from forest fires obscured visibility.

Officials said 29 crew members of the Vikraman were missing and feared dead after the vessel sank south of Port Dickson, about 70 miles southwest of Kuala Lumpur, the capital.

There were no casualties reported on the St. Vincent-registered supertanker, and the Marine Department said there were no oil spills.

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