8 missing after cargo ship collides with boat off China’s Hainan Island: Report

Reports said the fishing boat sank due to the impact. (Representative)

Eight people are missing after a cargo ship and a fishing boat collided on Wednesday off the southern Chinese island of Hainan, state media reported, as search efforts continued.

The SITC Danang container ship, sailing under the Panamanian flag, collided with a fishing vessel about 15 minutes after midnight (1615 GMT), state broadcaster CCTV said.

The impact caused the fishing boat to sink and eight people on board to fall into the water, reports said.

According to CCTV reports after 8:00 pm, none of the missing had been found, and search and rescue efforts are still ongoing.

After receiving information about the incident, Hainan emergency response personnel dispatched military and police search teams to the site – as of 5:30 p.m., 21 ships and five aircraft were at the scene, CCTV said.

An image published by the broadcaster showed a bright orange emergency life raft floating in the area of ​​the ocean where the collision occurred, although no people were visible.

“The cause of the accident is under investigation,” CCTV said.

According to reports, the collision occurred about 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the city of Yinggehai on Hainan’s far southwestern coast.

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