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Chance of finding missing crew off Hong Kong ‘very slim’ after storm: Authorities

HONG KONG: The chance of finding 27 crew members alive from a vessel that snapped in two as tropical storm Chaba passed through Hong Kong and southern China is “very slim”, government rescue authorities said on Sunday (Jul 3), as the search for those missing continued.

On Saturday, authorities rescued three of 30 crew members as strong winds and rain battered the coast and waters about 300km southwest of the city, Hong Kong Government Flying Service said.

The site of the incident was surrounded by about 100 wind turbines that, compounded with gusts reaching up to 140km per hour, had hampered rescue efforts.

The search area had been widened but the chance of finding survivors was “very slim”, West Wu, controller of the Government Flying Service of Hong Kong, said on Sunday.

Source: CNA

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