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3 men missing after ships crash near Pudong port

THREE merchant seamen are missing after their ship sank yesterday morning following a collision with another vessel close to Waigaoqiao Port in the Pudong New Area.

The “Xinwang88” and “Wuxiang66” crashed in dense fog at 2:58am, causing the former to sink and ditching its crew of seven into the water. Rescue vessels were soon on the scene but were able to reach just four of the stranded men.

The heavy fog hindered the rescue effort in the morning but conditions improved after lunch. The search for the three sailors was ongoing as of yesterday afternoon.

The incident delayed several vessels in the channel, including the Royal Caribbean International cruise liner, which was forced to drop anchor outside the port. Ferries to Chongming Island, passenger liners at Wusong Port and cruises around the Yangshan Deep-Water Port were also affected by the morning fog, though operations had returned to normal by noon.

A blanket of fog shrouded the whole city early yesterday, reducing visibility to less than 500 meters in some areas, the local weather bureau said.

The situation triggered a yellow alert at 5:09am and several flights into Pudong International Airport had to be redirected to alternative airports, it said.

The fog gradually lifted and the alert was lifted at 8:25am.

Temperatures today and tomorrow will be similar to yesterday with a high of about 20 degrees Celsius and a low of 13 degrees, weathermen said.


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