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Twenty-six crewmembers remain unaccounted for from an offshore wind installation vessel that snapped in two and sank after being caught near the centre of a typhoon in the South China Sea on Saturday.

The vessel, Fujing 001, with a crew of 30 on board, was hit by Typhoon Chaba offshore Yangjiang city in Guangdong province, about 160 nautical miles southwest of Hong Kong at 3.50 hrs Beijing time.

According to Guangdong Maritime Search and Rescue Centre, the vessel had a dragging anchor and drifted when the anchor chains were broken by the typhoon at an anchorage offshore Yangjiang. The ship’s location recorded wind speeds of 144 kph and waves that were 10 m high.

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