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17 sailors missing after fishing boat collision in East China Sea

Published 07/05/2016

Navy ships operating in the East China Sea were diverted to join the search
Navy ships operating in the East China Sea were diverted to join the search

China's navy is searching for 17 sailors missing after their fishing boat collided with another vessel.

The official China News Service said two other sailors were rescued by another fishing boat following the crash, which happened before dawn on Saturday.

Three navy ships operating in the East China Sea off the coast of Zhejiang province were diverted to join the search and another five vessels dispatched because of poor visibility in the area.

The other vessel involved in the crash was identified only as non-Chinese and it was not clear whether it had suffered any damage.

A member of staff at the Maritime Search and Rescue Centre under the Ministry of Transport said the search and rescue effort is continuing.

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