UNITED NATIONS United Nations-led rescue teams searched the stormy waters off the Lebanese coast Lebanon on Friday after a cargo ship sank, killing at least eight crew members and leaving dozens missing, according a UN report. There are an unspecified number of Pakistanis among the crew of the ill-fated ship, known as Danny F II, which was carrying livestock, a UN official said. But he said the number of Pakistani casualties was knot yet known. Other crew members were from Britain, Australia, Russia, Lebanon, Syria, the Philippines and Uruguay. The United Nations maritime task force of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) had rescued at least 35 survivors and recovered the bodies of eight others by 5 p.m. local time Friday, according to a press release issued by the peacekeeping operation. Three more people have been rescued by other ships in the area. The cargo ship sent out a distress signal last night after it capsized about 10 nautical miles from the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. Media reports say the ship had been sailing from Uruguay to Syria. UNIFIL dispatched three ships the frigate Zeffiro, the mine hunter Laboe and the supply ship Mosel to the scene last night and the mission said the rescue operation is ongoing, but is being hampered by difficult weather conditions. Survivors of the sinking are being provided with immediate medical care aboard the UNIFIL ships before they are transported ashore in Lebanon. This is a very tragic incident and our UNIFIL maritime task force peacekeepers are doing their utmost to save the lives of the victims, said Major-General Claudio Graziano, the Force Commander of the mission. We hope that our joint efforts with the Lebanese navy will help minimize the number of casualties. The maritime fleet has been deployed since 2006 in the wake of that years war between Israel and Hizbollah, and is tasked with helping the navy secure its territorial waters and prevent the unauthorized entry of arms or related material by sea into Lebanon.