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Over 10 sailors missing after ship splits into two in China Sea

The 30-strong crew of the engineering vessel abandoned ship when it “suffered substantial damage and broke into two pieces” about 160 nautical miles south-west of Hong Kong, according to the Hong Kong Government Flying Service.

Rescuers were looking for over 10 crew of a ship that broke into two during a typhoon in the South China Sea on Saturday.

The 30-strong crew of the engineering vessel abandoned ship when it “suffered substantial damage and broke into two pieces” about 160 nautical miles south-west of Hong Kong, according to the Hong Kong Government Flying Service.

Rescuers in Hong Kong were notified of the incident at 7.25am local time and found the ship near Chaba’s centre, where harsh weather and nearby wind farms made the operation “more difficult and dangerous”.

Video from Hong Kong authorities showed a person being airlifted on to a helicopter while waves crashed over the deck of the semi-submerged ship below.

The three survivors said other crew members may have been swept away by waves before the first helicopter arrived, according to a government statement.

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