27 missing after floating crane sinks off China's Guangdong province

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27 missing after floating crane sinks off China's Guangdong province

This handout photo taken by the Hong Kong Government Flying Service on July 2, 2022 shows a ship after it broke into two amid Typhoon Chaba, during a rescue operation in the South China Sea 160 nautical miles southwest of Hong Kong. HANDOUT AFP GUANGZHOU HONG KONG - Twenty-seven people were missing on Saturday morning after a floating crane sank in waters off the coast of south China's Guangdong province, according to the provincial maritime search and rescue center.

The floating crane was found by the monitoring system at 3: 50 am Saturday, and was in danger after its mooring chain broke while it was avoiding typhoon Chaba in waters near the city of Yangjiang.

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The floating crane had sunk, according to the provincial maritime search and rescue center.

Rescue helicopters, rescue vessels and merchant vessels are mobilized to search for the missing people, the center said.

Three people were rescued at around 12 pm Saturday and 27 others fell into water and were missing, the center said.

Search and rescue efforts are still underway.

In this image, released by Hong Kong's Government Flying Service, helicopter crew members winch up a man from a sinking ship in the South China Sea, 300 kilometers 186 miles south of Hong Kong, July 2, 2022, as Typhoon Chaba was moving in the area. The PHOTO HONG KONG - Also on Sunday, the Hong Kong Observatory said Strong Wind Signal, No. 3 was expected to remain in force over the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region until before noon as Chaba still affected the Pearl River Estuary even as it moved inland.

The Observatory said local winds remained strong, while the outer rainbands of the typhoon will still bring squally showers to Hong Kong.

The HKSAR s Education Bureau said classes in kindergartens and schools for children with physical disability and intellectual disability were suspended.

A helicopter with rescue crew members approaches a sinking ship in the South China Sea, 300 kilometers 186 miles south of Hong Kong, July 2, 2022, as Typhoon Chaba was moving in the area, according to the image released by Hong Kong's Government Flying Service.