Despite a round-the-clock search by Chinese rescue authorities, 10 fishermen are still missing after their boat and an unidentified ship collided early Saturday morning in the South China Sea.
Fourteen people were on board the Qionglingao No. 12148 fishing boat when it was struck about 2 a.m. by an unidentified ship and immediately sank about 300 km east of Haikou, capital of the south China island province of Hainan.
Four people were rescued by nearby fishing boats and have recovered. Vowing they would not leave the sea until their fellow fishermen were found, they joined the search organized by Hainan Province and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
Hainan deputy governor Wu Changyuan ordered no effort be spared to find the missing men.
More than 25 boats were currently at sea searching, said Liao Qiang, deputy director of the provincial bureau for workplace safety.
Liao said bad weather with strong winds and low temperatures was hampering the search. But he pledged the search team would not give up any chance to find the missing people.
An investigation is underway into the cause of the collision and to identify the unknown vessel.