Beijing, Feb 25 (PTI) Thirteen crew members have gone missing while seven others have been rescued after a fishing boat sank off the Zhejiang coast in eastern China. Also Read - UN Stands Ready to Support China's Rescue Efforts After Typhoon Lekima

The local maritime authorities were informed about the sinking last morning and requested the Donghai Fleet of Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy to assist them in the rescue operations, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported today. Also Read - China: At Least 44 Dead, 12 Reported Missing Due to Typhoon Lekima

The steel-hull boat, 42.6 meters-long and 7.6 meters-wide, sank 130 sea miles to the east of Zhoushan City, Zhejiang Province. Also Read - Swaraj, Wang to meet in China amid row over JeM chief Azhar's listing as global terrorist

Three naval frigates were sent to the shipwreck site.

Another naval vessel carrying a rescue helicopter later joined the rescue.

Forty-one nearby fishing boats were also mobilised, it said.

The search continued till late Friday night, the report said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.