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An industrial support ship in the South China Sea sunk in a storm with the possible loss of more than two dozen crew members, rescue services in Hong Kong said.
Authorities dispatched planes and helicopters to aid in the rescue, with at least three people from the crew of 30 brought to safety as of 5:30 pm local time Saturday.
Photos released by the Hong Kong Government Flying Service showed one crew member being winched up to a rescue helicopter as big waves lashed the sinking vessels, which had broken up in two parts.
A search for more than two dozen crew members whose ship broke in half and sank after being caught near the centre of Typhoon Chaba
A search for more than two dozen crew members whose ship broke in half and sank after being caught near the centre of Typhoon Chaba (Hong Kong Government Flying Service via AP)

The accident occurred about 300 kilometres south of Hong Kong.

The Flying Service did not give the name or origin of the vessel.

It said in a statement that crew members were negotiating difficulties brought on by Severe Tropical Storm Chaba, which was packing winds of 110 kilometres per hour.

The vessel's crew abandoned ship after it suffered substantial damage in the South China Sea.
The vessel’s crew abandoned ship after it suffered substantial damage in the South China Sea. (Hong Kong Government Flying Service via AP)
The vessel sunk some 300 kilometres southwest of Hong Kong.
The vessel sunk some 300 kilometres southwest of Hong Kong. (Hong Kong Government Flying Service via AP)
The storm caused disruptions across the region, with flights canceled and some businesses closed due to strong winds and heavy downpours
The storm caused disruptions across the region, with flights canceled and some businesses closed due to strong winds and heavy downpours (Hong Kong Government Flying Service via AP)

The storm made landfall in the western part of the coastal province of Guangdong on Saturday.

The Hong Kong service sent two fixed-wing aircraft and four helicopters for the rescue effort.

Hong Kong authorities issued a warning over the typhoon on Thursday, during the highly anticipated visit of Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

The grand opening of a new Hong Kong Palace Museum that was meant to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the city’s handover from British to Chinese rule was postponed until Sunday because of the storm.

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