74 people are reported missing after two Chinese fishing boats sank in the South China Sea due to a stormy weather caused by a typhoon.
The Chinese State media reported Monday that the two boats sank on Sunday afternoon as they battled gales about 330 kilometers from the Chinese island of Hainan.
Five fishing boats with a total of 171 people aboard were caught by Typhoon Wutip.
So far rescuers have retrieved 13 survivors while search and rescue operations are continuing.
The National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center warned of storm tides from Sunday to Monday in Guangdong, Hainan and Guangxi. Wutip is expected to make landfall on Vietnam’s central coast tomorrow.