Ship sinks in storm off Hong Kong, dozens of crew members in danger

HONG KONG — An industrial ship operating in the South China Sea has sunk with the possible loss of more than two dozen crew members, emergency services in Hong Kong said on Saturday.

Authorities dispatched planes and helicopters to assist in the rescue, with at least three of the 30-strong crew evacuated to safety as of 5:30 p.m. (10:30 GMT) on Saturday.

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

The Hong Kong Flying Service did not name the ship or where it came from. A statement said crew members were experiencing negotiation difficulties caused by severe Tropical Storm Chaba, which had maximum 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 on Saturday.

The Hong Kong service sent two fixed-wing aircraft and four helicopters for the rescue effort. Ship sinks in storm off Hong Kong, dozens of crew members in danger

Dustin Huang

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