The Taiwanese coast guard says it rescued 16 sailors from a Chinese cargo ship that sank off southern Taiwan in rough weather.

Rescuers said on Saturday they are searching for eight men still missing one day after the 50,000—ton Hong Wei sank in rough seas 100 miles (60 kilometers) off southern Taiwan.

The ship was carrying iron ore from Indonesia to Dalian port in northeastern China.

Three Chinese cargo ships have sunk near Taiwanese waters in three months.

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