Eight Missing After Cargo Ship Collides with Fishing Boat near Hainan

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Tragedy struck in the waters near the southern Chinese island of Hainan as a cargo ship and a fishing boat collided, leaving eight individuals missing. According to state media reports, the incident unfolded in the early hours of Wednesday when the SITC Danang container ship, registered under the Panamanian flag, collided with the fishing vessel approximately 15 minutes after midnight (1615 GMT).

The collision resulted in the fishing boat sinking, with eight individuals onboard plunging into the water. Despite ongoing search efforts, as of the latest update provided by state broadcaster CCTV at just after 8:00 pm, none of the missing persons had been located.

Upon receiving notification of the incident, emergency response teams from Hainan swiftly mobilized military and police units to aid in search and rescue operations. By 5:30 pm, a total of 21 ships and five aircraft had been deployed to the scene, as depicted in images broadcasted by CCTV, which showed an emergency life raft adrift in the vicinity of the collision.

“The cause of the accident is under investigation,” stated CCTV, indicating that inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the collision are underway.

The collision site lies approximately 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Yinggehai town, situated on the far southwest coast of Hainan, according to reports.

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