12 missing in cargo ship collision in south China
At least 12 sailors are missing after two cargo ships collided off the coast of south China’s Guangdong Province.
A bulk ship 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 a.m. local time, said the Guangzhou maritime search and rescue center.
Thirteen people have been rescued, according to officials.
Thirty rescue ships, one helicopter and other ships nearby have joined in the search and rescue operation.
The two ships were registered in the eastern provinces of Jiangsu and Fujian.
An investigation into the cause of the accident has been opened.
(With inputs from Xinhua)