A ship that was hit by a tropical storm snapped in half, leaving behind more than twenty-six crew members.
After Typhoon Chaba created dangerous conditions in the South China Sea, workers were forced to abandon their industrial vessel. This hampered rescue efforts.
Dramatic aerial footage captured people being lifted into a helicopter, by emergency crews. At least three members of the 30-strong crew were brought to safety at around 5.30pm local on Saturday (around 10.30 GMT).
The disaster occurred approximately 300km (186 mi) south of Hong Kong.
Typhoon Chaba is the first year-end storm to strike China. It will bring record rainfall to Guangdong (located around 137km/85 miles from Hong Kong).
Six aircraft were dispatched by the Hong Kong Flying Service. Crew members reported that they were experiencing difficulties due to the storm.
According to the National Meteorological Centre, Chaba (the Thai name for the hibiscus flowers) made landfall in western Guangdong on Saturday afternoon local.
Although the strength of the storm is now downgraded, some areas could see up to 24 inches (600mm), of rain.
Gao Shuanzhu, chief forecaster at the NMC, stated that “the monsoon water vapour is expected to lead to heavy downpours and large cumulative rains of extreme nature.”
Hong Kong authorities issued a typhoon alert on Thursday just as Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived to the city in commemoration of the 25th anniversary its handover from Britain and China.
As part of celebrations marking the 25th anniversary Hong Kong’s handover of Chinese rule to Hong Kong, the Palace Museum will be open on Saturday.
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