Canberra: Over two dozen crew members went missing from a ship that snapped in half after it was hit by a tropical storm in the South China Sea on Saturday.
According to Sky News, the workers were forced to abandon the industrial vessel which sank after Typhoon Chaba unleashed perilous conditions in the South China Sea, hampering rescue efforts.
An aerial footage showed people being taken by the emergency crews via helicopter. At least three of the 30 crew members were brought to safety by around 5:30 pm (local time).
The incident happened around 300 km south of Hong Kong.
Typhoon Chaba, the first of the year to hit China, is set to bring record rainfall and a high disaster risk to provinces including Guangdong, located around 137km (85 miles) from Hong Kong, Sky News reported.
Chaba made the landfall in the western part of Guangdong on Saturday afternoon, the National Meteorological Centre said.
NMC’s chief forecaster Gao Shuanzhu said, “The abundant monsoon water vapour will lead to intense downpours and huge cumulative rainfall of an extreme nature.”