Jul 02, 2022 16:52 UTC
  •  Typhoon Chaba snaps ship in two off coast of southern China

An industrial support ship operating in the South China Sea has sunk in a storm with the possible loss of more than two dozen crew members, rescue services in Hong Kong said Saturday.

Hong Kong and mainland Chinese rescuers have rushed to an area off southern China where a ship with a crew of 30 on board was snapped in two by strong waves created by Typhoon Chaba on July 2, 2022, South China Morning Post reported.

The Hong Kong Government Flying Service sent a fixed-wing aircraft and two rescue helicopters to the scene, about 300km (186 miles) southwest of the city.

Two more helicopters from Hong Kong were on the way to the area near the eye of the typhoon.

Dramatic footage shot by rescuers showed members of the crew of the engineering vessel Fujing001, being pulled to safety.

The accident occurred about 300 kilometers (186 miles) south of Hong Kong.

After the first flight, Government Flying Service officials said three people had been rescued, but the fate of the other 27 crew on the vessel remained unknown.