Eleven crew members went missing after two vessels collided and one ship sank in the waters off Hong Kong's Po Toi island on Monday, maritime authorities said.
The 97-metre long Chinese cargo ship, the Zhong Xing 2, was carrying cement from the Northern Chinese province of Hebei to the city of Haikou in the nation’s southern island of Hainan and had a crew of 12, the city’s Marine Department told Agence France-Presse.
It collided with a 300-metre long container ship, the Marshall Islands-registered MOL Motivator, whose crewmembers are all safe, the department said.
A cargo vessel sank after colliding with the container ship MOL Motivator. The only survivor found so far from the general cargo vessel Zhong Xing 2 is a 47-year-old man who was picked up by a passing fishing boat.
The air and sea search and rescue operation, coordinated by the Guangdong Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, is still underway, reports the South China Morning Post. Five police boats, three fireboats, two diving vessels and a government helicopter from Hong Kong are involved in the search.
China said it was sending three helicopters and more than a dozen ships to the scene, according to the official Xinhua news agency, while Hong Kong sent a helicopter and eight rescue vessels.