Monday, 7 October 2013

Typhoon Wutip: S China Sea fishermen’s bodies are identified

Local police in Hainan Province have identified four fishermen's bodies retrieved from the South China Sea after three fishing boats sank on September 29 due to Typhoon Wutip, after taking DNA samples from the families of all missing fishermen as of Sunday.

"We have informed their families of the sad news and we will help them deal with the aftermath," said Chen Jialin, vice mayor of Jiangmen, Guangdong Province, who is now in Sanya, Hainan Province to ensure the rescued fishermen get back home.

Earlier at 4 am, 54 fishermen from Jiangmen started their journey home by bus and they were expected to arrive at 7 pm on Friday, said Chen.

Search experts Sunday said that there would be little hope to find more survivors with 72 hours having passed and they suggested that the next step for the search party should be focused on the uninhabited islands.

The South China Sea fleet organized 10 ships and three helicopters to search the area on Sunday where they found the bodies of another four fishermen. As of Sunday afternoon, there were 14 dead and 48 missing in the typhoon aftermath.

The Chinese government sent a navy ship to fetch 268 fishermen who were trapped by Typhoon Wutip in the South China Sea.

The vessel arrived in Sanya on Thursday morning.

The injured have been hospitalized, while more ships have been sent to search for another 58 fishermen, who remain missing after three fishing boats sank near Shanhu Island in the Xisha Islands, about 330 kilometers from China's island province of Hainan, on Sunday afternoon.

According to the Hainan Maritime Search and Rescue Center, 11 navy warships, eight civilian ships and 10 aircraft are continuing the search.

Altogether five fishing boats, including the three that sank, were caught in Typhoon Wutip on Sunday, according to the Hainan Maritime Search and Rescue Center.

The fishermen had received typhoon warnings starting on Friday but did not go ashore. Instead, they placed their ships in a lagoon south of Shanhu Island to avoid gales, but the typhoon overturned their boats.

Monday 7 October 2013


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