Fourth Crew Member Rescued After Ship Sinks South of Hong Kong

A vessel is seen sinking after it snapped in two as Tropical Storm Chaba passed through, according to authorities, in waters off Hong Kong, China, July 2. (Hong Kong Government Flying Service/Handout via REUTERS)

HONG KONG (AP) — A fourth crew member has been rescued Monday after a storm sunk an engineering vessel two days earlier, according to Chinese authorities.

The crew member was rescued by a Navy ship Monday morning and is in stable condition, according to a statement by Guangdong maritime authorities. Rescue work is still ongoing.

The latest rescued person was part of a 30-strong crew on board the Fujing 001, a China-registered floating crane that was involved in building several offshore wind farms, according to local media reports.

The vessel snapped into two and sank on Saturday during Tropical Storm Chaba, which had maximum sustained wind speeds of 110 kilometers (68 miles) per hour and was upgraded to a typhoon before making landfall in China’s southeastern Guangdong province.

Chaba hit Fujing 001 about 300 kilometers (180 miles) southwest of Hong Kong. Authorities said the vessel was close to the center of the storm and made rescue operations difficult.

Hong Kong sent two fixed-wing aircraft and four helicopters Saturday for the rescue effort. The search continued Monday, though Hong Kong authorities said chances of rescuing the other 26 crew members alive were “slim.”

Elsewhere in China, eight people were killed after a decorative building structure fell from about 12 meters (40 feet) Saturday in the northern Chinese province of Hebei, according to state news agency Xinhua.

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

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