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Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 16:03
China establishes rescue center in South China Sea
By Xinhua
Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 16:03 By Xinhua

This undated satellite image shows the Yongshu Jiao of China's Nansha Islands. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

SANSHA - China's Ministry of Transport opened a maritime rescue center in Yongshu reef of the Nansha Islands on Tuesday, to ensure the safety of navigation in the South China Sea.

The center will offer more support to maritime rescue operations in the southern part of the South China Sea, the ministry said

The center will offer more support to maritime rescue operations in the southern part of the South China Sea, the ministry said.

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On July 27, 2018, the ministry sent a rescue ship to Zhubi reef of the Nansha Islands, tasking it with emergency response operations.

The ship, which had been modified to adapt to the natural conditions in the southern part of the South China Sea, was staffed with eight to 10 rescuers with diving equipment. In October, another rescue ship was sent to the region in replacement.

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Over the past six months, the two ships have rescued 16 people and two ships in eight operations. Property worth about 12 million yuan (US$1.7 million) has been salvaged.  

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