Chinese, Hong Kong SAR Forces Rescue Freighter Crew

Published Jul 24, 2017 9:39 PM by The Maritime Executive

On Sunday, rough conditions from Typhoon Roke led to the capsize of the Chinese freighter Nan Hui 68 off Huizhou, China. She suffered a cargo shift in the rough weather and her 12 crewmembers were forced to abandon ship. 

The Chinese Ministry of Transport rescue ship South China Rescue 101 and SAR helicopter B7136 responded to the scene, along with a helicopter from the Hong Kong SAR Flying Service. When search and rescue assets arrived, significant wave height was roughly 13-16 feet and visibility was poor. The Hong Kong helicopter crew hoisted six survivors out of the water and brought them safely to shore. B7136 recovered another four crewmembers at about 1000 hours. Three had injuries and were flown to Zhuhai for treatment; one seafarer who was in better condition was transferred to the South China Rescue 101

SAR assets located the last two remaining crewmembers in a raft at about 1200 hours. They had drifted about 0.5 nm to the north of the Nan Hui 68's last known location, and the vessel Huashun transited to pick them up. 

Ministry of Transport / Chinese state media