While Typhoon Roke was cruising over the Pearl River Delta yesterday, bringing rain and the occasional gust of wind to Guangzhou and Shenzhen, a rescue operation was underway off the coast to Huizhou to recover 12 sailors forced into the ocean when their vessel capsized.
The incident happened in waters near Daxing Mountain, when freight on the cargo ship shifted position – causing the vessel to tip precariously.
Rescuers were dispatched by the Nanhai Rescue Bureau of the Ministry of Transport and Hong Kong SAR Flying Service. Utilizing helicopters and ships, they were able to safely retrieve all 12 seamen who had abandoned their sinking vessel.
According to Chinanews.com, when a rescue ship arrived on the scene at 9am, wave height was 4-5 meters.
Watch footage of the rescue below (VPN off):
[Images via chinanews.com]