A cargo ship carrying 83 crew members and a load of cattle has sunk off the Lebanese coast while rescuers have so far rescued 12 of the crew.
The sunken ship is believed to have been sailing from Uruguay to the Syrian port of Tartous.
The Lebanese navy and the UN peacekeeping force in the country are searching for others, AP reported.
Andrea Tenenti, a spokesman for the UNIFIL peacekeeping force has declared that the Panamanian-flagged ship, Danny F II, sank 11 miles (17 kilometers) from the city of Tripoli while encountering a heavy rainstorm on Thursday.
A senior Lebanese army officer said the vessel sent a distress call on Thursday afternoon but had sunk before a Lebanese navy ship reached the area.
The crew members were reportedly from Britain, Australia, Russia, Lebanon, Syria, Pakistan, the Philippines and Uruguay.