Chinese authorities announced on Monday (July 4th) that 12 bodies have been recovered from a ship that sank in the South China Sea this weekend after it was cut in two by a typhoon. The engineering barge was 160 nautical miles south-west of Hong Kong when it got caught in Typhoon Saba on Saturday. The tragedy left 27 people missing according to the first count established this weekend.
According to the Maritime Search and Rescue Center in Guangdong, the Chinese province surrounding Hong Kong, “Effective services are currently intensifying their identity work” The center said that there is. Three of the 30 crew were rescued on Saturday and taken to hospital.
10 meter high waves
Footage released by Hong Kong authorities over the weekend showed a man being hoisted aboard the half-submerged ship as waves crashed onto its deck.
Cyclone Saba formed in the central South China Sea and made landfall in Guangdong on Saturday afternoon. Officials said winds of up to 144 km/h and waves up to 10 meters high were reported at the ship’s location.
Seven aircraft, 246 ships and nearly 500 fishing boats have been mobilized to search for the missing, the Maritime Search and Rescue Center announced on Monday.
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