Chinese authorities rescue crew member and recover 12 bodies after storm Chaba sinks ship off Hong Kong coast

Rescue teams searching for missing crew members of a Chinese engineering vessel that sank over the weekend have rescued a fourth person and recovered 12 bodies, Chinese maritime authorities have confirmed.

Officials said the crewmember rescued Monday by a Chinese naval vessel was in stable condition.

Three other members of the 30-man crew were rescued on Saturday.

The bodies were found about 90 kilometers southwest of the area where the ship Fujing 001 sank, authorities in southeastern Guangdong province said.

Officials tried to identify the bodies.

The search for the rest of the crew continued.

image o a technical ship sinking in deep water
The engineer ship sank 300 kilometers southwest of Hong Kong.Reuters

Seven planes and hundreds of boats and fishing vessels are participating in the search, state television said.

The floating crane registered in China was involved in the construction of several offshore wind farms.

It had been hiding from Tropical Storm Chaba, but dragged its anchor and the anchor chain broke, maritime authorities said.

The ship then broke in two and sank on Saturday during the storm, which had maximum sustained winds of 110 kilometers per hour and was upgraded to a typhoon before making landfall in Guangdong.

The ship sank about 300 kilometers southwest of Hong Kong.

Authorities said the ship was close to the center of the storm, making rescue operations difficult.

Hong Kong sent two fixed-wing aircraft and four helicopters to the rescue on Saturday.

The search continued on Monday, although Hong Kong authorities said the chances of saving the remaining crewmembers alive were slim.

Chaba, China’s first typhoon of the year, passed Hong Kong but brought heavy rain and wind to southern provinces already inundated by weeks of torrential rain and thunderstorms over the weekend.

Elsewhere in China, eight people were killed on Saturday while sheltering from a rainstorm in Shijiazhuang, the capital of northern Hebei province, when a decorative building about 40 feet (12 meters) fell, the official Xinhua New Agency said.

Another person who was also hit by the structure was hospitalized in stable condition, it said.

AP/Reuters

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