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Hong Kong rescuers searching for crew of a vessel that broke in half after being caught in typhoon

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The Honk Kong Authorities Flying Service (GFS) mentioned the vessel sunk some 300 kilometers, or 185 miles, southwest of the island.

In a publish on its Instagram account, the GFS mentioned it acquired a rescue request at 7:25 a.m. native time on Saturday. It mentioned the vessel’s crew deserted ship after it suffered substantial injury within the South China Sea.

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A dramatic video from the rescue operation confirmed a crew member being pulled up on a rope right into a helicopter from the ship because it was sinking.

Three crew members had been rescued, however the destiny of the remaining 27 individuals who had been on board the ship stays unclear, GFS mentioned, including that harsh climate situations had been hampering the search and rescue operations.

4 helicopter and two fixed-wing plane sorties had been deployed to the scene to conduct search and rescue operations, the GFS added.

The storm brought on disruptions throughout the area, with flights canceled and a few companies closed because of robust winds and heavy downpours.

Hong Kong authorities have issued a warning over the hurricane on Thursday, through the extremely anticipated go to of Chinese language chief Xi Jinping. The grand opening of a brand new Hong Kong Palace Museum that was meant to coincide with the twenty fifth anniversary of the town’s handover from British to Chinese language rule was postponed till Sunday due to the storm.

Chaba has made landfall in Guangdong Province in China at about 3 p.m. native time (3 a.m. ET).