Dozens feared missing after ship sank in typhoon in South China Sea: NPR

Helicopter crew members pulled a man from a sinking ship in the South China Sea on Saturday as a storm rolled in the area.

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Helicopter crew members pulled a man from a sinking ship in the South China Sea on Saturday as a storm rolled in the area.

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HONG KONG (Reuters) – An industrial support ship operating in the South China Sea sank in a storm, Hong Kong rescue services said on Saturday, with more than two dozen crew members likely missing.

Authorities sent planes and helicopters to aid in the rescue, and at least three people of a crew of 30 were taken to safety as of 5:30 pm (1030 GMT) on Saturday.

Pictures released by the Hong Kong government’s aviation service showed a crew member being flown into a rescue helicopter as heavy waves hit the sunken ships, which were smashed into two parts.

A helicopter with a rescue crew approaches a sunken ship in the South China Sea on Saturday.

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A helicopter with a rescue crew approaches a sunken ship in the South China Sea on Saturday.

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The accident occurred 300 kilometers (186 miles) south of Hong Kong.

The Flying Service did not say the ship’s name or origin. In a statement, it said crew members were negotiating the difficulties caused by severe Tropical Storm Chapa, which had maximum winds of 110 kilometers (68 miles) per hour.

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The storm made landfall in the western part of coastal Guangdong Province later on Saturday.

The Hong Kong Service has sent two fixed-wing aircraft and four helicopters for the rescue effort.

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