Beijing, May 8:  A container vessel with 22 people aboard today caught fire after colliding with a Liberian boat in the sea off east China but all aboard were saved by marine rescuers. The vessel from Hong Kong, named Safmarine Maru, and the Liberian boat Northern Jasper collided in waters 15 nautical miles southeast of the Langgang Mountain Islets. (ALSO READ: 35 missing in China landslide, Xi urges full efforts)

An ensuing fire on Safmarine Maru put the life of 22 crew members in danger, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Upon receiving a distress call, the marine search-and- rescue centre of Zhejiang Province dispatched marine police and rescue teams to help rescue the crew members. Marine authorities have notified boats traveling in the region to avoid further accidents, it said.