Sanya, December 22 (Xinhua) - Ten crew members have been rescued after leaving a cargo ship that was included on one side in the China South Sea, according to The Provincial Maritime Search and Rescue Center of Hainan.

The center received a report at 5 pm on Monday that the ship, registered in Sierra Leone and that was 3,000 tons of rice, was melting in waters of the islands Nansha in the South China Sea, as it was opened on the way from Vietnam to Malaysia.

Following the captain's order to leave the ship, the 10 crew members, eight Filipinos and two Chinese, addressed a life raft. After receiving the report, the Ministry of Transport and Authorities of China in the province of Hainan sent three ships to join the rescue operation.

at 2:30 pm Tuesday, the 10 crew members were rescued. They were in a normal condition, although one of them had suffered a minor injury on the shoulder. Now they are on their way to the port of Yantian in Shenzhen and are expected to arrive on Thursday.

"Successful rescue is a test of China's ability to safeguard navigation safety. Of international boats in the South China sea. It fully demonstrates China's commitment to rescue operations in the region, "said Wu Pingsheng, an official of the rescue center in Hainan. EndItem

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