A typhoon sank a ship off the coast of Hong Kong on Saturday, tragically killing dozens of crew members, secondo i rapporti.
Almeno 12 people are confirmed dead and four have been rescued, while over a dozen other remain missing after the Fujing001 ship broke in half about 185 miles southwest of Hong Kong, per CNN.
Di domenica, Hong Kong Government Flying Services Controller West Wu Wai-hung said during a press conference that the chances of finding more survivors were “molto, very slim.”
“We would like to give our hearts to those families of the missing sailors and workers, and I do wish that we could find some survivors, it will be a miracle to do that,” he said before suspending search operations overnight on Saturday due to poor weather conditions.
però, just a few hours later, the fourth crew member, described as a deck worker in “normal physical condition,” was rescued from the waters, La CNN ha riferito.
The Chinese engineering ship, which was carrying 30 people and helping build offshore wind farms, was sheltering from tropical storm Chaba on Saturday when the incident happened, secondo il Associated Press.
Maritime officials told the outlet that winds were blowing at up to 68 miles per hour, causing the ship to drag its anchor and break the anchor chain. The ship then snapped in half and sank.
According to the AP, the ship was in close proximity to the center of the storm, which later upgraded to a typhoon as it made landfall in Guangdong.
Because of the vessel’s position to the storm, rescue operations became incredibly difficult. Hong Kong sent two fixed-wing aircraft and four helicopters to help with rescue efforts, before they were able to rescue three crew members.
The trio are now said to be in stable condition as they receive treatment at North Lantau Hospital, secondo la CNN.
Twelve bodies have also been recovered but they have not yet been identified, Chinese maritime authorities confirmed, per l'AP.
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Da domenica, Hong Kong’s flying service said they used three fixed-wing aircraft, six helicopters and 36 rescuers for the search operation, which spanned a total of 807 miles, secondo la CNN.
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The Guangdong Maritime Search and Rescue Center also said it used seven rescue vessels, multiple salvage, merchant and coast guard ships and was coordinating with China Southern Airlines to send rescue helicopters, per l'outlet.
A quest'ora, the search for survivors remains ongoing.