Rescuers searching for two missing boats in South China Sea (2)

22:00, February 21, 2011      

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The rescue center and city fishery department in Zhanjiang dispatched 10 rescue vessels and a helicopter hours later to search for the vessel, but without success so far.

In another case, eight fishermen were rescued Monday before their damaged boat sank 40 sea miles southwest of Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, said a spokesman with the SCSRB under the Ministry of Transport.

The bureau dispatched an aircraft, B-7125, after receiving an emergency alert at about 9 a.m., according to the spokesman.

Seven fishermen were rescued and lifted to Zhuhai Jiuzhou Airport, while the eighth member of the crew swam away from the sinking vessel before the arrival of the aircraft and was picked up by a nearby fishing boat.

Maritime emergencies have occurred frequently in the South China Sea since Feb. 14 as the traditional "Season of Fog" lowered visibility to no more than three meters.

From Feb. 14 to 21, the SCSRB had rescued 55 people on board six vessels and retrieved one dead person from the water believed to have drowned.Source: Xinhua
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