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Rescuers pull a sailor from a split ship in the South China Sea. Watch the dramatic video

Dramatic footage of rescue of sailors from sinking ship broken in two by the strong waves created by Typhoon Chaba in the South China Sea was shared by Hong Kong Government Flying Service (GFS). The clip shows turbulent waves hitting the sinking ship and a sailor being pulled towards a helicopter.

Netizens praised the rescue personnel for carrying out the daring task in harsh weather conditions.

Watch the video here:

The Hong Kong government flight service said on Instagram that it received a rescue request from the Hong Kong Maritime Rescue Coordination Center at 7:25 a.m. Saturday. The ship with around 30 sailors on board suffered major damage and was broken into two pieces. The sailors had abandoned ship and were waiting to be rescued.

“The Chinese rescue boat is on site but the vessel in distress is located near the center of #Typhoon #Chaba, whose harsh weather conditions make the rescue operation much more difficult. GFS is deploying a #CL605 fixed-wing aircraft and two #H175 rescue helicopters at the scene. Rescue mission underway,” the post read.

A Reuters report indicates that three crew members were rescued and more than two dozen were missing. Search and rescue operations for other people were continuing about 300 kilometers southwest of the city, GFS said, quoted by Reuters.

Typhoon Chaba hit China’s Guangdong province around 3 p.m. Saturday. Several flights were canceled and businesses were closed due to high winds and torrential rains, CNN reported.