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Rescuers scour sea for 11 missing in Hong Kong ship sinking

Published on May 6, 2014 2:24 PM
 
This handout photo taken and received by the Nanhai Rescue Bureau (NRB) on May 5, 2014 shows NRB rescuers searching for survivors in the water after the Marshall Islands-registered MOL Motivator collided with a Chinese cargo ship, the Zhong Xing 2, off Hong Kong waters. An air and sea rescue mission scoured choppy waters near Hong Kong on Tuesday in a desperate search for 11 crew still missing more than 24 hours after their Chinese cargo ship sank. -- PHOTO: AFP

HONG KONG (AFP) - An air and sea rescue mission scoured choppy waters near Hong Kong on Tuesday in a desperate search for 11 crew still missing more than 24 hours after their Chinese cargo ship sank.

The Zhong Xing 2, which was laden with cement, went down after colliding with a container ship in the early hours of Monday just south of the island of Po Toi, on the edge of Hong Kong's maritime territory.

A 46-year-old mainland Chinese crewman is so far the sole survivor of the ship's crew of 12 - he was plucked from the sea by a passing fishing boat.

Chinese authorities are coordinating the rescue operation, sending 15 ships and three helicopters to hunt for the missing crew, according to China's official state news agency Xinhua.

 
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