Beijing: Twenty-seven fishermen are
missing after a Vietnam-registered vessel sank in the South
China Sea, Chinese maritime rescue authorities said on Thursday.
The fishing vessel, named "PHU TAN", capsized and sank
due to strong gales in the sea about 110 nautical miles to the
west of Sanya City in the southern island province of Hainan,
said a spokesman with the South China Sea Salvage Bureau.
Twenty-seven fishermen fell overboard into the water,
he told the official media.
The salvage bureau immediately dispatched a rescue
vessel to search for the missing as it received two emergency
calls from the Vietnamese Maritime Department. A towboat
travelling about 40 sea miles away from the site was also
ordered to assist with the rescuers.