An engineering vessel that was 160 nautical miles southwest of Hong Kong broke into two pieces this morning, leaving dozens missing, the Government Flying Service (GFS) announced.
The ship “suffered substantial damage and broke into two pieces” and the 30-member crew abandoned the vessel, the GFS reported, noting that it was notified by the Hong Kong Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC).
Three crew members have already been rescued so far but the other 27 crew members are still missing.
#repost by @salvage_and_wreck#breakingnews An unidentified offshore construction vessel broke in two and sank in the South China sea 160 nm SW of Hong Kong at around 0700 Beijing time on July 2. The vessel was caught in the passing typhoon #CHABA. pic.twitter.com/QrpmEv1Yfb
— MarioDeFenza (@MarioDeFenza) July 2, 2022
The marine rescue ship of the South China Sea Rescue Bureau of the Ministry of Transport has arrived at the incident scene near the centre of Typhoon Chaba.
More than two dozen crew members are unaccounted for after their ship broke into two during a typhoon in the South China Sea on Saturday, with rescuers scrambling to find them, according to officials.
Footage on social media provided by Hong Kong authorities showed a person being airlifted onto a helicopter while waves crashed over the deck of the semi-submerged ship below.
No 8 typhoon: An engineering vessel broke apart in the waters 160 nautical miles southwest of Hong Kong. The Government Flying Services dispatched a fixed-wing aircraft and 3 helicopters to the scene. The GFS rescued 3 crew members, but 27 remain missing🙏https://t.co/fAjcrU3ERu pic.twitter.com/R4iOko2o0Q
— StarBoy 🥭 (@StarboyHK) July 2, 2022
The three survivors noted that other crew members may have been swept away from the vessel by waves before the first helicopter arrived, according to a government statement.
Typhoon Chaba in the central part of the South China Sea caused landfall in Guangdong province in China.
— Marco Petagna (@Petagna) July 2, 2022
Rescuers in Hong Kong were notified of the incident at 7:25 am local time (2325 GMT on Friday) and found the ship near Chaba’s center, where harsh weather conditions and nearby wind farms made the operation “more difficult and dangerous”.