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11 desaparecidos tras un naufragio en Hong Kong

Posted by jonkepa en mayo 5, 2014

Un barco de carga naufragó la madrugada este lunes a unos cuatro kilómetros al sur de la isla de Po Toi, en las aguas territoriales de la Región administrativa especial de Hong Kong, al sur de China.

Los otros 11 tripulantes han sido dados por desaparecidos. En las labores de búsqueda participan cinco lanchas policiales, tres barcos de bomberos, dos embarcaciones de buceo y un helicóptero.

Nanhai Rescue Bureau (NRB) rescuers searching for survivors in the water after the Marshall Islands-registered MOL Motivator (in the background) collided with a Chinese cargo ship, the Zhong Xing 2, off Hong Kong waters. Photo: AFP

Nanhai Rescue Bureau (NRB) rescuers searching for survivors in the water after the Marshall Islands-registered MOL Motivator (in the background) collided with a Chinese cargo ship, the Zhong Xing 2, off Hong Kong waters. Photo: AFP

Eleven mainland crewmen are missing feared drowned after their cargo vessel sank following a collision with a container ship southwest of Po Toi Island, outside Hong Kong waters before dawn on Monday.

The only survivor was their 46-year-old colleague who was picked up by a passing fishing boat about 25 minutes after the collision which happened 3.7 kilometres southwest of Po Toi Island at about 2.30am.

Suffering minor scratches to the arms and legs, the mainland man was ferried to Hong Kong before being taken to Ruttonjee Hospital in Wan Chai for treatment.

A government source said it was possible the mainland-registered vessel, Zhong Xing 2, sank with the 11 missing crew members trapped aboard, or unable to escape in time.

The source said it was possible poor visibility caused by heavy rain overnight was partly to blame for the collision.

he Marshall Islands-registered MOL Motivator floating in the waters off Hong Kong after it collided with a Chinese cargo ship, the Zhong Xing 2. Photo: AFP

he Marshall Islands-registered MOL Motivator floating in the waters off Hong Kong after it collided with a Chinese cargo ship, the Zhong Xing 2. Photo: AFP

An air and sea search-and-rescue operation co-ordinated by the Guangdong Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre was launched, the Hong Kong Marine Department said. Mainland authorities also deployed a fixed-wing plane to search the area.

From Hong Kong, seven Marine Police launches, three fireboats, two diving vessels and a Government Flying Service helicopter were also involved in the search.

Captain Bruce Wong Ho-man, deputy manager of flight operations with the Government Flying Service, said a helicopter was sent out on two sorties – once in the morning and once in the afternoon.

“An Oil slick was spotted together with debris and some floating rings at the scene but no sign of the missing crews or sunken vessel were found,” he said.

The 97-metre Zhong Xing 2 was carrying cement from Hebei province to the port of Haikou in Hainan province at the time the collision occurred, the Marine Department said. It had a crew of 12.

A Marine Department spokeswoman said the mainland-registered vessel collided with a 300-metre Marshall Islands-registered container ship, MOL Motivator, which was leaving for Yantian in Guangdong from Hong Kong.

Debris floating in the waters off Hong Kong after MOL Motivator container vessel collided with the Zhong Xing 2. Photo: AFP

Debris floating in the waters off Hong Kong after MOL Motivator container vessel collided with the Zhong Xing 2. Photo: AFP

“Zhong Xing 2 reportedly sank after the collision,” she said. “One of the crew was picked up by a fishing boat, while the other 11 are missing.”

She said the department has alerted other vessels to look out for the missing crews but to stay out of the area.

At 4.30pm, the spokeswoman said the search was still continuing.

She said investigation into the cause of the collision was being carried out by mainland authorities as the incident happened outside Hong Kong waters.

South China morning post

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2 comentarios to “11 desaparecidos tras un naufragio en Hong Kong”

  1. Jacobo said

    Es alarmante la cantidad de marinos que se están dejando la vida en la mar. Me da la impresión de que este medio, a pesar de su peso específico real, no interesa al mundillo de los armadores que solo buscan la forma de inflar sus hediondos bolsillos. La verdad es que ya se me escapan los argumentos para razonar sobre estos temas.

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    • jonkepa said

      Y estas son algunas de las noticias de las que me entero, hay otras lamentables que no he traido como los naufragios recientes en el norte de nuestro país, sobre todo del ocurrido en Asturias.

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