346 passengers have ocean scare as ship floods off the coast of Chiayi

The China Post
Date: April 8, 2017
By: The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Chiayi Coast Guard rescued over 300 passengers off of a

Passengers onboard the Kai Shiuan Number 3 wait for rescuers in waters off Chiayi on Friday, April 7.(Captured from the internet)

flooded Kai Shiuan Number 3 turbo passenger ship late on Friday.

The ship was making its usual route from Penghu Islands’s Magong to Chiayi County’s Budai when it reportedly started to fill with water about 8 nautical miles away from its destination, local media stated.

Reports say an engine failure had led to the ship wobbling and filling with water.

At that point, the ship’s captain asked all 346 passengers to put on their life vests, while some passengers reportedly immediately jumped into the lifeboats.

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