Typhoon Utor Claims Cargo Ship Near Hong Kong

Mike Schuler
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August 14, 2013

Photo: HKG Flying Service

UPDATE: World’s most dangerous cargo eyed in sinking of Trans Summer.

EARLIER: A 190-meter bulk carrier sank Wednesday approximately 45 nautical mile southwest of Hong Kong after battling 15-meter waves and strong winds generated by Typhoon Utor.

Officials report that all 21 crewmembers of the Hong Kong-flagged Trans Summer were rescued mostly by helicopter after abandoning the heavily listing ship in liferafts. The Trans Summer sank some time later, according to reports.

Utor packed winds of 155 kilometers per hour near its center as it passed about 240 kilometers southwest of the city Wednesday. The storm is heading northwest towards the Guangdong province in southeast China at 16 kmh.

Earlier this week, Utor was rated as a “Super Typhoon” with wind gusts as high as 210 kilometers per hour as it made landfall in the Philippines on Monday. The storm weekend slightly before regaining strength over the south China sea. Utor was the worst typhoon to hit the Philippines this year.

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