HANGZHOU -- Two fishing boats capsized in the sea off east China's Zhejiang
Province after being rammed by unidentified ships in two separate incidents,
leaving 14 sailors missing, the local maritime authorities said on Tuesday.
One of the boat, "Zhedingyu No. 14413", registered in Zhoushan City, was hit
by a foreign ship and sank in the seawaters near Shengsi County in the early
morning of Tuesday. Only one of the seven sailors on the boat has been rescued
and the maritime authorities are busying searching for the remaining six.
The local maritime bureau said the foreign ship disappeared after the
In a separate accident, a fishing boat named "Zhepuyu No. 72329", registered
in the same city, sank at 6:50 p.m. on Monday in the seawaters 55 nautical miles
east of Shipu port, Xiangshan County.
The local maritime bureau said all 12 sailors on board the boat fell into the
sea after being hit by an unidentified ship, which also disappeared after the
The bureau said four sailors clambered onto a life raft and were rescued two
hours later by a passing ship. It said the rescue operation was halted by heavy
fog and the survival chances of the remaining eight were slim.