Hong Kong – An industrial aid 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 on Saturday.
Authorities sent planes and helicopters to aid in the rescue, with at least three of the crew of 30 being rescued on Saturday.
Images released by the Hong Kong Government Flying Service showed a crew member being escorted to a rescue helicopter as large waves smashed the sinking ship, which broke into two.
The accident occurred approximately 300 kilometers – 186 miles – south of Hong Kong.
The Flying Service did not specify the ship’s name or origin. It said in a statement that crew members were negotiating difficulties brought on by Severe Tropical Storm Chaba, which was packing maximum winds of 110 kph – 68 mph.
The storm made landfall in the western part of the coastal province of Guangdong on Saturday.
The Hong Kong Service sent two fixed-wing aircraft and four helicopters for rescue operations.