Efforts to rescue 32 people aboard
the ailing Malta-flag tanker "Thanassis A" were being hampered
by bad weather conditions, it was reported yesterday. The vessel
split in two yesterday while sailing in the China Sea 300 miles
south of Hong Kong. The Greek-owned ship was carrying seven
Greek seamen, the captain's wife and a Greek inspector.
According to initial reports communicated to the Greek Merchant
Marine Ministry by Hong Kong's Search and Rescue Centre, the 32
have assembled on the tanker's stern which is still afloat. The
Norwegian tanker "Stavanger" is sailing close by but bad weather
is preventing it from rescuing the people. Helicopters are
unable to reach the area for the same reason.