5 people still missing from sunken freighter

Focus Taiwan
Date: 10/24/2.020
By: Hung Hsueh-kuang and Louis Liu

Photo courtesy of the Coast Guard Administration

Taipei, Oct. 24 (CNA) Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration (CGA) has confirmed that five people have been rescued from a Tuvalu-registered freighter thought to have sunk in waters near Kaohsiung on Friday night, but the other five remain missing.

All the crew members are believed to be Thai citizens, according to a CGA statement Saturday.

The statement said that a distress signal from the Tuvalu-registered SEATRAN FERRY 12 was received around 10 p.m., and a tugboat reached the scene first to try to pull it to safety.

The tugboat succeeded in connecting a line to the ship, but the mission failed due to rough weather conditions.    [FULL  STORY]

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