Rescue officials still held out hope yesterday for survivors among the 30 Taiwanese crewmen lost at sea in one of three maritime mishaps on Christmas, when their freighter capsized in stormy weather off Canada's west coast.
Lt. Cmdr. Dick Pepper of search and rescue headquarters in Vancouver said a "full-scale" operation had been launched to search for possible survivors of the iron ore carrier Lee Wang Zin, which overturned in a fierce storm early Tuesday.
Meanwhile, in the Antarctic, the captain and 19 crewmen reamined abroad the Swedish cruise ship Lindblad Explorer yesterday, waiting for a Soviet tug to pull the grounded and listing vessel from a reef, the Chilean Navy reported from Punta Arenas.
The Chilean Navy icebreaker Piloto Pardo, which took on 108 passengers and 34 crewmen from the grounded ship, stood by in case the remaining crewmen needed help, but was scheduled to reached Punta Arenas on Sunday.
The 240-foot Lindblad Explorer, carrying tourists and a Japanese crew making a science-fiction movie about the end of the world, ran aground Monday on an uncharted reef 10 miles north of Paradise Bay and 150 miles north of America's Palmer Coast Guard Station at Grahamland, Antarctica.
Off western Greece, six people died Christmas Day when the Greek freighter Soula G. sank in rain, snow and gale-force winds.