More Than Two Dozen Sailors Feared Dead After Ship Sinks In Storm Off the Coast Of Hong Kong

An industrial ship operating in the South China Sea has sunk in a violent storm leaving more than two dozen crew members feared dead, rescue services in Hong Kong said Saturday.

Planes and helicopters were dispatched to the scene to carry out an attempted rescue mission, at least three people from the 30-man strong crew were brought to safety as of 5:30pm local time. Video footage released by the Hong Kong Government Flying Service showed one crew member being rescued and winched onto a helicopter as huge waves could be seen smashing against the sinking vessel, which had split into two parts.

The incident took place approximately 186 miles south of Hong Kong.

The Flying Service has not yet named the vessel or confirmed its origin. It confirmed in a statement that crew members were negotiating difficulties brought on by Severe Tropical Storm Chaba, which was causing winds in excess of 68 miles per hour. The Hong Kong service sent four helicopters and two fixed-wing aircraft to the rescue effort.

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