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2021-10-18 09:03:18

Rescue efforts are ongoing to find the 11 people missing after a fishing boat sank in the East China Sea near the Yangtze River estuary over the weekend, an official told Sixth Tone on Monday.

Su Xiaoning, spokesperson for Donghai Rescue Bureau of the Ministry of Transport, said the boat sank on Saturday night off the southern coast of eastern Jiangsu province amid bad weather. He added that two people rescued from the disaster site Sunday suffered from severe hypothermia — they have since recovered — and were sent to Shanghai, without elaborating.

“The fishermen told us that a huge wave overturned the boat,” Su said.

Saturday’s incident occurred just weeks after another fishing boat ran aground near the Yangtze River estuary in September, though all 18 people on board were rescued. As the summer fishing ban — a decadesold policy to curb overfishing — ended in the East China Sea in mid-August, authorities had warned local fishermen of accident risks due to increased fishing activities.

The Yangtze is the longest river in Asia that cuts through the northwestern Qinghai province to Shanghai, branching out into an estuary in the East China Sea. Last year, multiple people were killed in two separate accidents in the estuary, involving a container ship and an oil tanker, respectively.

Editor: Bibek Bhandari.

(Header image: Rescuers pull a fisherman after a boat sank  in the East China Sea, Oct. 17, 2021. From @人民日报 on Weibo)