China questions crew as sea crash leaves 2 dead, 17 missing

AP News
Posted: May 09, 2016 1:48 AM

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities are questioning the crew of a Maltese-flagged ship that collided with a Chinese fishing boat over the weekend, killing at least two sailors and leaving 17 others missing.

Chinese state media on Monday quoted border checkpoint official Xu Zhiyong as saying that the ship's Greek captain and 19-member mostly Filipino crew said they were unaware they had collided with another craft in heavy fog early Saturday morning.

The ship, the Catalina, did not stop following the accident but was later ordered into port for investigation and docked Saturday night in Zhejiang province.

Navy ships and other craft are continuing to search for survivors in the area of crash, about 150 kilometers (93 miles) off the coast of Zhejiang, just south of Shanghai.