Thirty two people are missing after two vessels collided some 160 nautical miles of China's East Coast on Saturday evening. Our reporter Han Peng is in Shanghai and has more details about the collision and search-and-rescue operations.
We learned from the Chinese Ministry of Transport that the collision happened between a Hong Kong cargo ship and a Panama registered oil tanker. And unfortunately after the collision the oil tanker caught on fire with the 32 crew members including 30 Iranians and two Bengalis still unaccounted for. The Chinese rescue team is now sending whatever they can to work frantically and work around the clock to search for these 32 foreign crew members on that sea. And also we learned that the 21 Chinese crew members on the Hong Kong cargo ship have all been found and rescued and that's some good news from the rescue operation.
So far we learned that the Chinese police send a total of eight vessels within the search and rescue work. And we also learned that they are collaborating with the South Korean police which has now sent one vessel and one aircraft. But what is hampering that rescue operation is that the oil leaked from the oil tanker is still burning on the sea and the Chinese and South Korean rescue forces are now trying to put it off and clean it up while also searching for survivors.
根据中国交通部，此次发生碰撞的船只分别为香港货船和一艘注册于巴拿马的油船 。不幸的是，油船在发生碰撞后起火，船上32人下落不明，包括30名伊朗人和两名孟加拉人 。中国救援队尽其所能全天候在海上努力搜救这32名外籍人员 。我们还得知香港货船上的21名中国员工均已获救，这是救援工作的一个好消息 。
目前中国警方已派遣八艘船只参与搜救工作 。我们还得知中国警方在与韩国警方共同协作，韩方已派出一艘船和一架飞机 。但给救援工作带来不便的是油船上泄露出来的油还在海上燃烧，中韩救援队正在努力扑火并清理油迹，同时搜寻幸存者 。