HONG KONG (Reuters) – An industrial support vessel operating in the South China Sea has sunk with the possible loss of more than two dozen crew members, Hong Kong’s rescue services said on Saturday.
Authorities dispatched planes and helicopters to assist in the rescue, and at least three of the 30-person crew were brought to safety by 5:30 p.m. (1030 GMT) on Saturday.
The accident happened about 300 kilometers (186 miles) south of Hong Kong.
The Hong Kong Flying Service did not release the ship’s name or origin. He said in a statement that crew members were negotiating hardship brought on by severe Tropical Storm Chaba, which was blowing peak winds of 110 kilometers (68 miles) per hour.
The storm is expected to make landfall in the western part of the coastal province of Guangdong later Saturday.
The Hong Kong service sent two fixed-wing planes and four helicopters for the rescue effort.