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12 bodies found around Chinese ship sunk by Typhoon Chaba

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HONG KONG — Search and rescue officials have recovered 12 bodies from the area where a Chinese ship was split in two and sunk by a typhoon, while a fourth sailor was rescued, authorities said on Monday.

The Fujing001 engineering vessel and its 30 crew were carrying out work on wind projects when the ship was caught in Typhoon Chaba on Saturday and broke in two.

China’s Guangdong Maritime Search and Rescue Center said the identities of the bodies were still being confirmed and the rescued sailor was in “normal physical condition”.

The Hong Kong Government Flying Service rescued the first three survivors.

Cyrus Szeto, an aircrew officer who participated in the search on Saturday, told RTHK on Monday that the rescue was extremely difficult and the team had to improvise their tactics.

“The ship was heavily tilted, so we had no space to stand up,” Szeto said. “We would normally hoist each survivor one at a time, but since we didn’t have time, we hoisted both survivors, including myself, together at the same time.”

Wing Li, a helicopter pilot with the service, told RTHK they would not give up on the search and rescue mission.

“There have been previous cases that successfully recovered survivors after such a period of time,” Li said. “So we will try our best.”

The search and rescue scope extended to the northeast direction, Li said, adding that it was “difficult to accurately calculate the possible location of the missing crew members” as the wind continued to pick up. to change direction.

Vic Chang from Taipei contributed to this report.