4 missing after offshore construction platform partially capsizes in Guangdong, China

Chinese marine search and rescue services are searching for four people missing after an offshore construction platform tilted dangerously, flooding the deck and almost capsizing off the coast of Huizhou in Guangdong Province today, July 25.

According to CCTV, the Huizhou Maritime Safety Administration began a search and rescue operation after receiving reports of the accident at around 11:00 am this morning.

The 90-meter-long, 50-meter-wide offshore construction platform SHENG PING 001 began tilting while working on the CGN New Energy offshore wind power construction project, according to reports.

Sina TV reported that 65 crew were aboard the ship, and 61 were accounted for at around 1:00 pm. Reports say that “many” people fell into the water and were rescued. However, four people remain missing.

Huizhou Maritime Safety Administration dispatched a coast guard patrol boat and alerted nearby vessels to assist in the search. Five boats were also dispatched by Guangdong Provincial Marine Comprehensive Law Enforcement Corps.

Pictures and video shared to Chinese social media site Weibo show what appear to be civilian boats and crews rescuing crew members from the water.

civilian boat crew assists in rescue of crew of capsized construction vessel Guangdong Province, China, July 25, 2021
Civilian boat crew assists in rescue of crew of capsized construction vessel SHENG PING 001 off the coast of Guangdong Province, China, July 25, 2021

As of 2:00 pm more than 30 vessels including maritime affairs, maritime police, fishery administration, tugboats, passing merchant ships, nearby fishing boats, and helicopters were assisting with the search for the missing crew.

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