Stricken cargo ship overturns in Hong Kong as frightened crew abandon posts

The cargo vessel Sunrise Orient drifted for about one kilometre after the rescue before running aground on eastern Cheung Chau. Photo: Felix Wong

Terrified crew fled a listing cargo ship and refused to go back on board to turn off the engine for fear of being trapped if it capsized, leaving the 2,500-tonne vessel circling until it broke down and beached at Cheung Chau yesterday.

Saturday, 22 February, 2014, 12:25pm

Beijing has learned lessons about quake relief since 2008

Beijing has learned lessons about quake relief since 2008

At 2.28 this afternoon countless families will be savouring lunch in honour of Mother's Day. But it will be a poignant moment for thousands of mainland mothers still mourning children who died in the catastrophic Sichuan earthquake that struck at that moment five years ago. The day after, this column closed its first comment with the words: "A great disaster has befallen China."

12 May 2013 - 4:00am 1 comment

Post-quake rescue operations expose China's military aircraft weaknesses

An aerial view shows houses damaged after a strong earthquake in Lushan county, Ya'an. Photo: Reuters

Military analysts said domestic-made rescue helicopters lack the ability to carry heavy loads and are less capable at handling extreme weather conditions. Some chalk the disparity up to Beijing's focus on the development of advanced fighter jets and other general-purpose planes.

24 Apr 2013 - 4:46am 2 comments

Don't let concerns about corruption halt quake aid

Relief aide and charity donations for the Sichuan earthquake are good ways to show our love and care for the country and its people. Photo: AFP

Hong Kong has a good reputation for charity donations. From the Japan earthquake to the tsunami in Southeast Asia, we have shown exceptional generosity in helping our neighbours. When it comes to disasters on the mainland, our response is even more enthusiastic. Billions of dollars were raised after the Sichuan earthquake five years ago. So when the region was hit again over the weekend, it was only natural that relief aide and donations followed. Today, the government's HK$100 million funding request will be tabled to Legco for approval.

24 Apr 2013 - 3:14am 6 comments

Rescuers battle to help victims of Sichuan quake as death toll hits 188

Volunteers Yang Chengcheng and Xiao Long help rush an injured woman to medical facilities in Longmen township. The two students ran 10km over damaged roads. Photo: Xinhua

Relief teams battled to gain access to isolated areas in quake-hit Sichuan province as the death toll rose to 188 yesterday, with more than 11,000 injured and 21 still missing.

24 Apr 2013 - 10:01am 1 comment

Leung Chun-ying says Hong Kong ready to send rescue team

Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Simon Song

A Hong Kong rescue squad has been put on standby to help in search and rescue operations while relief funds will also be arranged soon, the city's government has pledged.

22 Apr 2013 - 7:54am 1 comment

Victims of quake in Yaan, Sichuan, complain about lack of relief aid

Three-year-old Zheng Bing, with a swollen left eye and a wound to her head, sits on her father's lap in a Lushan hospital. Photo: Simon Song

Authorities in quake-hit Yaan city expect most relief materials to reach local people today, amid complaints of not enough government-provided aid.

22 Apr 2013 - 7:53am

Hong Kong responds generously after latest Sichuan earthquake

Trucks carrying relief supplies move on a road from Chengdu to the quake-hit Lushan County. Photo: Xinhua

Hong Kong is responding quickly with help for the victims of the Sichuan earthquake. Major non-governmental organisations sent staff to the affected area to assess the situation and are mobilising supplies and resources.

21 Apr 2013 - 6:28am 1 comment

PLA shows quick response to Lushan earthquake

Rescuers attend to people injured in the earthquake. Photo: Xinhua

In stark contrast to the Great Sichuan Earthquake five years ago, the central government and the army showed yesterday that they could respond quickly to natural disasters. And volunteer groups said they were better equipped to help out.

21 Apr 2013 - 1:59pm

Premier Li visits quake-hit areas

Premier Li Keqiang (centre) conducts a meeting in Longmen, keeping his poise amid the aftershocks from the quake. Photo: Simon Song

Premier Li Keqiang ordered rescuers, the military and local-government officials to work together and make the most of the critical first 24 hours following such a disaster to save lives.

21 Apr 2013 - 5:45am

Sri Lankan navy saves 138 Bangladeshi and Myanmar nationals

Sri Lankan Navy personnel helps one of the rescued youths disembark from a vessel. Photo: AP

One passenger was found dead while many of the 138 plucked from the boat were dehydrated, navy spokesman Kosala Warnakulasuriya said, adding that the vessel had been adrift for 10 days before it sank yesterday.

4 Feb 2013 - 5:57am

Cruise ship comes to shipwrecked French sailor's rescue

Alain Delord. Photo: AFP

A lone French sailor who was adrift for days in a life raft in huge Southern Ocean swells after his yacht sank was recovered yesterday by the crew of an Antarctic cruise ship that had raced to his rescue.

21 Jan 2013 - 4:51am

Strength of Islamists in rescue bid misjudged, says Jean-Yves Le Drian

Denis Allex

French troops underestimated the strength of Islamist rebels when they launched a failed bid to free an intelligence officer held hostage in Somalia, the French defence minister said.

14 Jan 2013 - 6:09am

Lamma II sailor recounts part in rescue

A sailor from the Hongkong Electric-owned Lamma II told the commission of inquiry into the Lamma Ferry collision on Tuesday how he helped rescue passengers from the sinking Lamma IV after the deadly sea collision off Lamma Island last year.

8 Jan 2013 - 5:38pm

Sister boat rescued 17 from stricken ferry after collision off Lamma

Hong Kong Electric's Leung Kwok-wai (second from right) leaves the commission of inquiry. Photo: May Tse

A Hongkong Electric technician described how he saved nine passengers from the sea during the Lamma Island ferry disaster, at a commission of inquiry hearing yesterday.

22 Dec 2012 - 3:51am