Dozens missing after ship sinks in Hong Kong waters

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Dozens missing after ship sinks in Hong Kong waters

Dozens are missing after an engineering vessel snapped in two and sank in the waters off Hong Kong.

The disaster struck during ferocious gales brought by tropical storm Chaba, which passed through the region Saturday.

Authorities mobilized planes and helicopters for an immediate rescue effort, but so far have only retrieved three members of the 30-person crew.

The three who were rescued said their crew mates might have been swept away from the stricken ship as it tilted in the water. They were only able to cling to railings while they waited for help, the South China Morning Post reported.

Some of the crew had abandoned the vessel, hampering efforts to pull them to safety, rescuers said.

The storm is said to have reached maximum winds of 68 miles per hour.

In this image released by Hong Kong Government Flying Service, helicopter crew members winch up a man from a sinking ship in the South China Sea, 300 kilometers (186 miles) south of Hong Kong, Saturday, July 2, 2022, as Typhoon Chaba was moving in the area. The industrial support ship operating in the South China Sea has sunk with the possible loss of more than two dozen crew members, rescue services in Hong Kong said Saturday.
The industrial support ship operating in the South China Sea has sunk with the possible loss of more than two dozen crew members.
Hong Kong Government Flying Service via AP
This photo released by Hong Kong Government Flying Service shows a cargo ship broken in half in the South China Sea, 300 kilometers (186 miles) south of Hong Kong, Saturday, July 2, 2022, as Typhoon Chaba was moving in the area. The
The disaster struck during ferocious gales brought by tropical storm Chaba.
Hong Kong Government Flying Service via AP

The dent took place in 186 miles off the southern coast of Hong Kong. The storm made landfall Saturday afternoon in the city of Zhanjiang in China’s Guangdong province.

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