Engineering vessel breaks into half 300km southwest of HK, 3 out of 30 crew members rescued (Updated: 2.30pm)


2nd July 2022 – (Hong Kong) The Government Flying Service (GFS) announced on social media this morning that it was notified by the Hong Kong Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) at about 7.25am today that an engineering vessel had an accident about 160 nautical miles (about 300 kilometres) southwest of Hong Kong. The hull was broken in two, and about 30 crew members abandoned the ship to escape. 3 crew members have already been rescued so far. The other 27 crew members are still missing.

The engineering vessel broke into half.

The marine rescue ship of the South China Sea Rescue Bureau of the Ministry of Transport has arrived at the scene. However, as the incident site is near the centre of Typhoon Chaba and the weather condition is very bad, the search and rescue operation is very difficult at present.

Location of the incident shared by GFS

The Government Flying Service dispatched a fixed-wing aircraft and three helicopters to the scene for search and rescue. Remote search and rescue operations are still ongoing. The first helicopter was unable to conduct any rescue due to the bad weather at the time. There were waves of more than 10 metres high on the sea surface.