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4 crew members rescued after floating crane sinks south of Hong Kong: NPR


In this image released by the Hong Kong government, a helicopter with members of a rescue team approaches a sinking ship in the South China Sea, 300 km south of Hong Kong, the July 2, 2022.

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4 crew members rescued after floating crane sinks south of Hong Kong: NPR

In this image released by the Hong Kong government, a helicopter with members of a rescue team approaches a sinking ship in the South China Sea, 300 km south of Hong Kong, the July 2, 2022.

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HONG KONG — A fourth crew member was rescued on Monday after a storm sank an engineering vessel two days earlier, Chinese authorities said.

The crew member was rescued by a navy vessel on Monday morning and is in stable condition, according to a statement from the Guangdong maritime authorities. Salvage work is still ongoing.

The latest person rescued was part of a crew of 30 aboard the Fujing 001, a Chinese-registered floating crane, which has been involved in the construction of several offshore wind farms, according to local media.

The ship broke in two and sank on Saturday during Tropical Storm Chaba, which had maximum sustained wind speeds of 110 kilometers (68 miles) per hour and turned into a typhoon before making landfall in the province of Guangdong, in southeast China.

Chaba hit Fujing 001 about 300 kilometers (180 miles) south of Hong Kong.

As of Monday, 26 other crew members are missing and search and rescue operations are still ongoing.

Hong Kong authorities had sent planes and helicopters to assist in the rescue, but said the chances of saving the other crew alive were “slim”.

Elsewhere in China, eight people were killed after a decorative building structure fell about 12 meters (40 feet) on Saturday in northern China’s Hebei province, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. .

Nine people sheltering from a rainstorm in Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei, were hit by the fallen structure. One person who was hospitalized is in stable condition, according to the report.

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