Chinese engineer ship sinks; authorities recover 12 bodies

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Rescue teams searching for missing crew members from a Chinese engineering vessel that sank over the weekend rescued a fourth person on Monday and recovered 12 bodies, authorities said Chinese maritimes.

Officials said the crew member rescued by a Chinese navy vessel on Monday was in stable condition. Three other members of the crew of 30 were rescued on Saturday.

The bodies were found about 50 nautical miles (90 kilometers) southwest of the area in which the Fujing 001 vessel sank, authorities in southeastern Guangdong province said. Authorities were trying to identify the bodies.

The search for the other crew members continued.

The China-registered floating crane has been involved in the construction of several offshore wind farms. It had taken shelter from Tropical Storm Chaba but dragged its anchor and the anchor chain then snapped, maritime authorities said.

The ship then broke in two and sank on Saturday during the storm, which had maximum sustained winds of 110 kilometers (68 miles) per hour and turned into a typhoon before making landfall in Guangdong.

The ship sank about 300 kilometers (180 miles) southwest of Hong Kong. Authorities said the ship was close to the center of the storm, making rescue operations difficult.

Hong Kong sent two fixed-wing planes and four helicopters to the rescue effort on Saturday. The search continued on Monday, although Hong Kong authorities said the chances of rescuing the remaining crew members were slim.

Elsewhere in China, eight people sheltering from a rainstorm in Shijiazhuang, the capital of northern Hebei province, were killed on Saturday when a decorative building structure fell about 12 meters (40 feet), the official Xinhua New Agency said. Another person who was also hit by the structure was hospitalized in stable condition, he added.

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