Two Chinese cargo ships collided off the coast of South China’s Guangdong Province on Monday, leaving 12 crew members missing.
A bulk ship that was carrying 5,000 tonnes of sand sank in the sea waters near the Pearl River estuary after colliding with a ship loaded with 5,038 tonnes of steel at about 3 am, the Guangzhou maritime search and rescue centre said.
Two crewmembers from the sunken ship have been rescued but the rest 12 remain missing. Eleven sailors from the steel ship have also been rescued.
Search ops on
Thirty rescue ships, one helicopter and other ships nearby have joined in the search for the missing ones, state- run Xinhua news agency reported.
The two ships were registered in the eastern provinces of Jiangsu and Fujian.