BEIJING, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- President Xi Jinping has demanded an all-out rescue effort after Typhoon Wutip sank fishing boats near the Xisha Islands on Sunday night, leaving 74 people missing.
In a special instruction given after the incident, Xi urged local authorities to do their utmost to find the missing or stranded and minimize casualties.
Xi also ordered the armed forces and central government departments to help in the rescue.
Premier Li Keqiang made similar call in a separate instruction. He also asked local authorities to ensure the safety of rescue personnel.
74 missing after three fishing boats sink
HAIKOU, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- A total of 74 people have been confirmed missing after three fishing boats have sunk since Sunday afternoon in a typhoon in South China Sea, maritime authorities said on Monday.
The boats, all from south China's Guangdong Province with 88 fishermen aboard, were lost on Sunday afternoon as they attempted to navigate gales near the Xisha Islands, about 330 km from China's island province of Hainan, sources with the Hainan maritime search and rescue center said. Full story