Five dead, six missing after fishing boat hits reef in East China Sea

08:18, March 01, 2011      

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A rescuer searches for missing sailors in the waters near Dongji Island off the coast of Taizhou City in east China's Zhejiang Province, Feb. 28, 2011. An 11-crew Chinese trawler hit against rocks and sunk near Dongji Island early Monday morning. Five sailors were found dead with the other six still missing. (Xinhua/Wang Tianrong)

Five crew members were found dead and six remained missing after their fishing boat hit a reef off east China coast early Monday, local maritime authorities said.

All 11 people aboard a fishing boat fell into the waters after it capsized after hitting a reef near Dongji Isle off the coast of Taizhou City, Zhejiang Province, in the wee hours of Monday, the city's maritime affairs bureau said in a statement.

After receiving a call for help at around 1 a.m., the city's maritime search and rescue center has sent over 10 rescue vessels and a helicopter to locate the boat wreck and missing fishermen.

Rescuers recovered five bodies at around 4 p.m. and were continuing to search for the remaining six.

Source: Xinhua

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