Dramatic photos show a crew member rescued from a sinking ship near Hong Kong

An industrial support vessel operating in the South China Sea has sunk in a storm with the possible loss of more than two dozen crew, rescue services in Hong Kong said Saturday.

Authorities sent planes and helicopters to assist in the rescue, with at least three people of the 30 crew members being taken to safety at 5:30 p.m. local time on Saturday.

Rescuers rescue a crewmember in this screenshot of video after a ship sank during a tropical storm that brought winds of up to 70mph in waters off Hong Kong on Saturday. (Hong Kong Government Flying Service/Reuters)

Photos released by the Hong Kong Government Flying Service showed a crew member being hoisted to a rescue helicopter as large waves lashed down the sinking ship, which had broken in two parts.

The accident happened about 300 kilometers south of Hong Kong.

A crew member is lifted from a sinking ship into a helicopter in Hong Kong waters, in this screenshot from a video from July 2, 2022.
A crew member of a sinking ship is hoisted into a helicopter in Hong Kong waters on Saturday. At least three people from a crew of 30 were rescued. (Hong Kong Government Flying Service/Reuters)

The Flying Service has not given the name or origin of the ship. It said in a statement that the crew members were negotiating difficulties caused by Tropical Storm Chaba, which had maximum winds of 110 km/h.

The storm made landfall on Saturday in the western part of the Chinese coastal province of Guangdong.

The Hong Kong service sent two fixed-wing aircraft and four helicopters to the rescue effort.

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