4th crew member rescued after ship sinks south of Hong Kong

HONG KONG — A fourth crew member was rescued Monday after a storm sunk a tech ship two days earlier, according to Chinese authorities.

The crew member was rescued by a naval vessel Monday morning and is in stable condition, according to a statement from Guangdong maritime authorities. Rescue efforts are still underway.

The last person rescued was part of a crew of 30 aboard the Fujing 001, a floating crane registered in China, which was involved in the construction of several offshore wind farms, according to local media reports.

The ship broke in two and sank on Saturday during Tropical Storm Chaba, which had maximum sustained wind speeds of 110 kilometers (68 miles) per hour and was upgraded to a typhoon before making landfall in China’s southeastern Guangdong province.

Chaba hit Fujing 001 about 300 kilometers (180 mi) south of Hong Kong.

On Monday, 26 other crew members were missing and search and rescue operations are still underway.

Hong Kong authorities had sent planes and helicopters to assist in the rescue, but said the chances of saving the other crewmembers alive were “small”.

Elsewhere in China, eight people were killed after a decorative building about 12 meters (40 feet) fell to the ground in northern China’s Hebei province on Saturday, according to state news agency Xinhua.

Nine people sheltering from a rainstorm in Shijiazhuang, the capital of Hebei, were affected by the fallen structure. One person admitted to hospital is in stable condition, the report said.

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