Report: Missing Ship Found Near Africa

The 4,700-ton Russian cargo ship, which mysteriously disappeared in the English Channel two weeks ago, appears to have been found floating off the West African coast. Unconfirmed reports have put the ship—complete with 15 Russian crew members—400 nautical miles from the Cape Verde islands (A Russian ambassador the region is denying the ship has been found). A Russian frigate is heading to the area to confirm this. On July 24, the ship—called the Arctic Sea—was reportedly boarded by up to 10 armed men, who then left on an inflatable boat after 12 hours. Observers have suggested that it was hijacked because of a Russian commercial dispute, but this is far from clear. Five Russian warships have been searching in the Atlantic for the ship, which was carrying $1.7 million worth of lumber to Algeria.