Published on : Monday, July 17, 2017
The authorities stated that 49 tourists who were stranded on an island close to the coast of southern Guangdong province of China were rescued and rushed to safety while Typhoon Talas was approaching.
The tourists were from four camping groups that were stranded on Nanpeng island at a distance of nearly 35 kms from the eastern part of Yangjang city on the mainland, as per the official statement of the Ministry of Transport. Normally, this island is uninhabited.
All the tourists were transferred safely to a ship on Sunday morning.
Also, a helicopter was dispatched by the Nanhai Rescue Bureau of the Ministry of Transport that has its headquarters in Guangzhou.
The national observatory of China had received a blue alert on Sunday for Typhoon Talas that is predicted to strike the southern island province Hainan and Beibu Gulf. The eye of Talas was above the South China Sea at a distance of about 60 kms to the southwestern portion of Sanya city located in Hainan, as per the account of the National Meteorological Center (NMC).
The NMC forecast mentions that Talas would be shifting northwestward at a speed of nearly 20 kms per hour towards Beibu Gulf.
Thereafter, it is expected to hit the land surface on Monday morning on the northeast coast of Vietnam.