11 missing after ship collision off east China

Updated 2016-12-20 13:03:29 Xinhua

Eleven crew members went missing after their fishing boat collided with a merchant ship and capsized off east China coast early on Tuesday, local authorities said.

The accident took place in the sea waters off Zhangzhou City, Fujian Province, at about 0:15 a.m. Tuesday, the city's maritime search and rescue center said in a statement.

All 14 fishermen aboard the fishing boat from Quanzhou City fell into the sea waters. Three have been rescued and the others remain missing.

A helicopter and 15 boats are searching the area.

The cause of the collision is being investigated.

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