Eleven crew members were rescued from a sinking cargo ship near Hong Kong on Sunday as Tropical Storm Pakhar hit China’s southern coast.
Xinhua news reported that the Hong Kong Maritime Rescue Coordination Center was alerted at about 7 a.m. local time on Sunday that a cargo ship was taking on water about 64 nautical miles east of Hong Kong.
A helicopter rescue crew from Hong Kong’s Government Flying Service arrived on scene to find that the bow of the vessel had already sunk and the crew had made their way to the bridge deck as they awaited rescue.
All eleven crew members were airlifted from the vessel and are in good condition. One crew member sustained minor injuries to both feet, Xinhua reported.
Tropical storm Pakhar brought strong winds and heavy rain to Hong Kong and nearby Macau on Sunday, just four days after Typhoon Hato hit the area.