Government confirms Chinese boat with 15 people missing
Updated: 2014-10-25 20:49
JINAN - A boat with a crew of 15 has been missing in the South China Sea since July, authorities in Shandong Province, where the boat is registered, said on Saturday.
The announcement came after a report on local TV station Qilu claiming widespread concern on social media.
The Rongcheng city government did not say why it had not revealed the incident until three months after the fact.
Owner of the boat numbered Lurongyu 2860 told the police he lost contact with his boat on July 9, according to the Rongcheng government. The boat embarked on its voyage on Feb 26.
Fishery regulator and marine police are still investigating the boat's whereabouts.