Hong Kong: Typhoon Utor sinks cargo ship ‘Trans Summer’, 21 crew rescued amid 15m waves – 140813 1730z

Image of the ship that sank off of Hong Kong this evening due to #UTOR #TYPHOON (Credit: @robertspeta)

“Authorities said emergency workers from Hong Kong and mainland China rescued 21 crewmen from a cargo vessel which capsized on Wednesday morning.

Local media reports said the 190-meter long cargo ship ‘Trans Summer’ leaned on its side and eventually sank in waters about 80 kilometers southwest of Hong Kong amid waves of up to 15 meters high generated by Typhoon Utor.

The crew members abandoned their ship but they were all rescued by a vessel from the mainland and Hong Kong’s Flying Services.” – ubalert

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Typhoon Utor sinks cargo ship off Hong Kong

Helicopter rescue teams saved 21 crew members from a cargo ship that sank off Hong Kong on Wednesday after Severe Typhoon Utor caused waves of up to 15 metres, officials said.

The crew abandoned ship as the 190-metre-long bulk carrier Trans Summer sank 80 kilometres southwest of Hong Kong, the citys Flying Services said.

Some of [the crew] were floating in the water and some were on life saving boats awaiting rescue
Government Flying Service pilot

It happened around 10.30am off the Wanshan Archipelago, a group of islands that are part of Zhuhai and to the south of the opening of the Pearl River Delta estuary.

Samuel Yip Wai-hung, a Government Flying Service pilot who took part in the rescue, said the ship was sinking when they arrived.

When our helicopter arrived, the ship had tilted nearly 90 degrees [in the water]. All crew had abandoned the ship by that time, Yip said.

Some of them were floating in the water and some were on life saving boats awaiting rescue, he said.

Video: Hong Kong battens down for Severe Typhoon Utor

(Video credit: Raquel Sodre)

Related:

China: Typhoon 11W #UTOR 141500Z near 22.2N 111.2E moving NW at 07 knots (JTWC) has made landfall near Yangjiang, SE China 1408131600z

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