Russian Ship With 700 Tons of Gold Ore Goes Missing
9-person crew sent distress call
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 29, 2012 10:26 AM CDT
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(Newser) – A vessel with a nine-person crew and 700 tons of gold ore onboard has gone missing in stormy seas off Russia's Pacific Coast. The ship sent a distress call yesterday as it was sailing from the coastal town of Neran to Feklistov Island in the Sea of Okhotsk. The vessel, hired by mining company Polymetal, was carrying the gold ore from one deposit to another where it was to be processed. Gold ore is the material from which gold is extracted and contains only a small percentage of the precious metal.

Polymetal's spokesman would not estimate the value of the cargo. The company said it has shipped ore via that route before, and there was nothing unusual in shipping it by the sea.

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Kookey90
Nov 1, 2012 1:43 AM CDT
"Russian Ship With 700 Tons of Gold Ore Goes Missing" this sounds like an Oceans Eleven job.
1492
Oct 29, 2012 4:51 PM CDT
Gentlemen, nothing gets my pulse, heartbeat, and attention quicker than gold. It may only be ore, but what a beautiful ore it is. Remember General Custer? His band of some 200 soldiers died at the hands of Souix Chief Crazy Horse whose towering monument stands larger than Mt. Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota. An absolute victory. You see, after you read that our government had given the land to the Souix Indians, they decided to take it back when Gold was discovered. It didn't sit too well with Chief Crazy Horse who organized his braves along with other Indian tribes. What man won't do for Gold. Black Hills Gold. You can find it in every jewelry store all over the world. Were'nt the Ten Commandments crated in a box of Gold....called the Holy.... Gold continues to rule, even if it's only ore.
radicalronpaul
Oct 29, 2012 4:09 PM CDT
Most likely from Chumikan, Russia. A Google Earth view reveals the huge gold mines just north of town.