17:29 GMT23 July 2021
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    According to officials, the ship began to sink at night on 17-18 July. Search and rescue operations are underway.

    Over 15 passengers are missing after a vessel sank off the coast of southeastern Liberia, the country's coast guard reported on 18 July. Liberian media previously reported that 21 people were aboard the vessel. 

    Following the incident, a coastguard official held a press conference in the Liberian capital Monrovia and stated that the shipwreck had occurred at night on 17-18 July. Coastguard are now searching for survivors, he added.

    The coastguard official noted that some people had been rescued at night on 17-18 July while the ship was sinking.

    The vessel had earlier been placed under detention orders as it was unseaworthy, the head of Liberia's Maritime Authority Eugene Lenn Nagbe told reporters. 

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