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"Slim" survival chances for 27 missing from typhoon-hit Chinese ship

27 crew members are missing after violent storm in waters near Hong Kong. The chance of finding them is ”very very slim,” says a Hong Kong government official.

The vessel broke in two before it sank. | Photo: AFP / GOVERNMENT FLYING SERVICE/AFP / GOVERNMENT FLYING SERVICE

Survival chances are “very very slim” for 27 missing crew members from a Chinese vessel that sunk in the South China Sea after being hit by a typhoon, said Hong Kong authorities involved in the rescue mission.

Fujing001, a floating crane working on an offshore wind-farm project about 300 kilometers (186 miles) southwest of Hong Kong, broke in two Saturday in the wake of Typhoon Chaba. Three crew members were rescued by the Hong Kong Government Flying Service on Saturday. Further rescue efforts were being hindered by severe weather conditions, authorities said Sunday.

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