Government Flying Service helicopters rescued 14 people from a cargo ship in difficulties near Hong Kong on Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile, under the influence of Tropical Cyclone Mujigae, accidents involving falling trees and collapsing billboards were recorded around the city.
The Maritime Rescue and Coordination Centre received news from Guangdong at around 3pm on Sunday that a cargo ship was stranded around 200 km to the west of Hong Kong due to strong wind and waves, and was in danger of sinking. The captain decided to abandon ship and the crew was rescued by the Government Flying Service, which sent out a Jetstream J-41 and two Eurocopter Super Puma helicopters. The wind speed was reported to be around 74km/hour and visibility was at 400m, with the waves reaching a height of 4m.
The 14 crew members, all of whom are mainlanders, were rescued at around 5pm and flown back to the GFS headquarters. One of them had head and leg injuries, and was sent to hospital. A spokesperson from the Marine Department said that as the accident was so far from Hong Kong, the GFS had to provide assistance.
A billboard advertisement near Park Hotel at 65 Chatham Road in Tsim Sha Tsui toppled over in the strong wind and was subsequently removed by the Fire Department. In Kwun Tong, a tree snapped and struck two nearby taxis, while another tree collapsed near a school on Tai Tam Reservoir Road.
A construction site subsided near Yuen Wo Road at Sha Tin, resulting in a 4-metre-deep pit. The Drainage Services Department said that they would carry out roadworks to prevent the site from subsiding further.
As Tropical Cyclone Mujigae ploughed into southern China, four people were killed on Sunday while more than 500 tourists were stranded on Fangji island. The Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 3 was hoisted over the weekend in Hong Kong, although all typhoon warning signals have been taken down as of Monday morning. The Hong Kong Observatory said that that strong winds are to be expected from the southeast and the public should be wary of rough seas.
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