A fourth member of the crew was rescued on Monday; two days after a storm reportedly sunk an engineering vessel, per reports shared by a Chinese state broadcaster. The crew member’s situation is currently stable and the rescue mission is still in progress.
The latest rescued member belonged to the 30-member crew on board the Fujing 001, a China-registered floating crane that had earlier been involved in building offshore wind farms, per local media reports.
The vessel snapped into two and sank on Saturday during the tropical storm Chaba, which had sustained maximum wind speeds of 110 kilometers in an hour. The storm upgraded to a typhoon before it made landfall in Guangdong province.
The ship sank approximately 300 kilometers southwest of Hong Kong. Authorities added that it was close to the center of the storm, making rescue operations even more difficult.
Per Monday’s reports, 26 crew members still continue to be missing and the search and rescue operations for them are still in progress.
On Saturday, Hong Kong reportedly sent four helicopters besides two fixed-wing aircraft for the rescue effort. The search continued Monday, even though relevant Hong Kong authorities already said that the chances of rescuing the remaining missing members are slim.
Somewhere else in China, eight individuals who were sheltering from a rainstorm in Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei, lost their lives on Saturday when a building structure fell from a height of about 12 meters, Xinhua News Agency reported. Another individual, who was also a victim and hit by the structure, was hospitalized and is now in stable condition.
References: RepublicWorld, The Week, 69 News, offshorewind.biz