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Fishermen rescued by helicopter

TWO fishermen were carried to safety by rescue helicopter after being injured while 250 kilometers out at sea, regional rescue officials have reported.

The incident happened yesterday when the East China Sea First Rescue Flying Service, based in the city, received an emergency call. The helicopter took almost two hours to reach the boat, but the rescue went smoothly, lasting about 25 minutes, officials said.

The fishermen were from a Zhejiang Province fishing boat and had got °?injured during their work onboard, said the rescue?service.

Regional emergency and rescue teams said they had been busy as the number of emergency calls usually increases during the Autumn typhoon season.

Rescuers have airlifted 34 sailors in distress since Monday, after a strong cold front and storm began hitting coastal areas near Shanghai.

However, some others have not been so lucky. Sixteen out of the 18 sailors onboard one fishing vessel are still missing after their ship sank last Saturday at the mouth of Yangtze River.

As the weather conditions improve around Shanghai waters, ships and vessels began to resume their schedules after being delayed for days.


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