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Typhoon Utor sinks cargo ship off Hong Kong

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 August, 2013, 5:35pm
UPDATED : Monday, 21 October, 2013, 4:38pm

Helicopter rescue teams saved 21 crew members from a cargo ship that sank off Hong Kong on Wednesday after Severe Typhoon Utor caused waves of up to 15 metres, officials said.

The crew abandoned ship as the 190-metre-long bulk carrier Trans Summer sank 80 kilometres southwest of Hong Kong, the city’s Flying Services said.

Some of [the crew] were floating in the water and some were on life saving boats awaiting rescue
Government Flying Service pilot

It happened around 10.30am off the Wanshan Archipelago, a group of islands that are part of Zhuhai and to the south of the opening of the Pearl River Delta estuary.

Samuel Yip Wai-hung, a Government Flying Service pilot who took part in the rescue, said the ship was sinking when they arrived.

“When our helicopter arrived, the ship had tilted nearly 90 degrees [in the water]. All crew had abandoned the ship by that time,” Yip said.

“Some of them were floating in the water and some were on life saving boats awaiting rescue,” he said.

Video: Chinese crew rescued from ship sinking in typhoon

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joyalsofi
Why is there no reporting of what the cargo was on this ship? Who knows what poisonous substances might be on the ship including fuel that will now enter the waters? This is simply irresponsible reporting. If there is a manifesto, then the contents should be listed and reported. If there was no manifesto that ought to be stated as well.
HK-Lover
Has anybody watched the video and listened to the mainland tourist complaining that she got stuck at the Macau Terminal because operation ceased after signal 8 was hoisted? She complains Hong Kong having a lack of responsibility and would be behind China.
Well, my dear lady, you say you came at 5 am to the Macau Terminal. That's hours after signal 8 was hoisted.
1. What were you doing on the streets in the first place while you are strongly advised to stay off the street and take shelter indoors.
2. Everybody knows and it is published everywhere that public transport and ferry services cease after signal 8 is hoisted.
Hong Kong is behind China ? Well, we in HK are always keen to learn from people who are superior - at the airport we will immediately stop to make timely announcements and give sensible information about flight delays . Hopefully that would meet the superior standards of the Mainland this dear lady is referring to.
superdx
Compassion for life is not a zero-sum game
norodnik
None of the comments below make any mention of the lack of capability and resources of Zhuhai and Guangdong maritime resources to pull it off...I find it hard to believe that a single HKSAR rescue helicopter was the only thing that saved the day....if so, then I guess the Philippines is over reacting to jumping in bed with the US (again) because of the mighty PLAN presence in the SOUTH CHINA SEA. Really, Where the f*** were PLAN in all of this rescue?
norodnik
This ship was in Mainland China waters...I certainly expect that the PRC government will reimburse the the Government of the HKSAR for this expense. I find it hard to believe that the PLAN and PLAAF, who have the resources to terrorise the shores of Brunei and Malaysia do not have the resources to work in the Pearl River Delta...
superdx
Most SAR (search and rescue) organisations will mount a rescue operation no matter what the ship maybe, even between non-friendly countries. It's a code of conduct that's been around for a thousand years. And no, they aren't thinking about costs which is a good thing.
superdx
Most SAR (search and rescue) organisations will mount a rescue no matter what the ship maybe, even between non-friendly countries. It's a code of conduct that's been around for a thousand years. And no, they aren't thinking about costs which is a good thing.
maecheung
It's hard to believe that HK people just care about money. The ship was reported to be registered in HK.
 
 
 
 
 

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