Cargo Ship Sinks in Hong Kong After Collision With Huge Container Ship

Monday, 05 May 2014 01:22 PM

By Michael Mullins

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A cargo ship sank near Hong Kong early Monday morning after colliding with a massive container ship more than three times its size.

One 47-year-old crew member was rescued by a fishing vessel in the area later Monday morning, while first responders continued their search for 11 other crew members of the cargo vessel who remained missing as of noon EST, The Associated Press reported.

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The Guangdong Maritime Safety Administration, the agency that has been tasked with spearheading search-and-rescue efforts, spotted life jackets and debris floating in the water, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The rescue, which is being coordinated on mainland China, involves one helicopter and eight marine police and fire department boats that were dispatched from Hong Kong, Marine Department spokeswoman Heidi Cheng told the AP.

The cargo ship that sank, named Zhong Xin 2, was a 320-foot-long vessel that was said to be carrying cement among other cargo registered to China. The collision reportedly occurred at about 2:30 a.m. local time.

The other vessel involved in the crash was a 1,000-foot container vessel called the MOL Motivator. Registered with the Marshall Islands, the MOL Motivator faced "very minor" damage as a result of the collision, The Journal noted.

The container was traveling to the Chinese port of Yantian from Hong Kong, Bloomberg News reported.

The waters that surround Hong Kong are well-known for being congested with trade and commuter vessels and have in the past been the site of similar crashes.

Hong Kong saw its worst maritime disaster in more than 40 years in October of 2012, when a pleasure boat collided with a high-speed ferry, resulting in 39 people losing their lives, The Telegraph reported.

Another 87 people were reportedly injured in another maritime disaster in the waters off Hong Kong in November 2012.

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