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Ship breaks in half off Hong Kong coast, 12 dead
Published on: 2022-07-05
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Twelve bodies have been found following a shipwreck in the South China Sea over the weekend that left the crew of 30 missing, Chinese authorities said Monday.
 

The announcement came days after an engineering vessel 160 nautical miles (296 kilometres) southwest of Hong Kong suffered substantial damage and broke into two pieces during a typhoon.
 

"As of 3:30pm on July 4, rescue forces found and recovered 12 bodies, suspected to be of victims who drowned, in an area around 50 nautical miles southwest of the site where the vessel sank," said the Guangdong Maritime Search and Rescue Center in a notice on Monday.
 

"The relevant departments are stepping up identity confirmation work," the notice added.
 

Three people had been rescued on Saturday and one more in the early hours of Monday, according to Chinese state media, leaving 26 more people still unaccounted for.
 

Dramatic footage provided by Hong Kong authorities earlier showed a person being airlifted onto a helicopter while waves crashed over the deck of the semi-submerged ship below.
 

Typhoon Chaba formed in the central part of the South China Sea and on Saturday afternoon made landfall in southern China's Guangdong province.
 

Rescuers in Hong Kong were notified of the incident at 7:25am local time and found the ship near Chaba's centre, where harsh weather conditions and nearby wind farms made the operation "more difficult and dangerous".
 

Currently, seven planes, 246 boats and 498 fishing vessels have been dispatched to search for the remaining missing persons, the Monday statement said.
 

发现“福景001”轮疑似落水遇难者

广东省海上搜救中心发布,经过连日来不间断搜救,截至7月4日15时30分,救援力量在距离沉船点西南方向50海里附近区域,发现并打捞起12具疑似落水遇难者遗体,相关部门正加紧身份确认工作。
 

7月2日凌晨,海上风电场项目施工浮吊船“福景001”轮在广东阳江附近海域防台锚地避3号台风“暹芭”时,锚链断裂、走锚遇险。此后,该船在海上沉没,27人落水失联。目前,救援力量共出动飞机7架、船艇246艘、渔船498艘,有序开展针对岸滩、近岸和近海范围的目标搜索,继续尽最大努力搜救其他失联人员。
 

据广东省海上搜救中心消息,7月2日凌晨3时50分,阳江市海上救援中心在广东海事监管指挥系统值守中发现,海上风电场项目施工浮吊船“福景001”轮在附近海域防台锚地避3号台风“暹芭”时,锚链断裂、走锚遇险。
 

至7月2日12时许,“福景001”轮上3人被香港特区政府飞行队救助直升机救起,其余27人落水失联。

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