By: Chang Che-fon and Romulo Huang
Kaohsiung, Oct. 5 (CNA) A Netherlands-registered sailboat ran into trouble and was rescued this week
by Taiwan’s coast guard in waters near Dongsha Island, the largest of the Dongsha Islands (Pratas Islands) in the South China Sea.
The vessel was able to continue on its journey to Hong Kong after receiving assistance with repairs from Taiwanese coast guard units stationed on the island.
The Dongsha Command Post of the Southern Coastal Patrol Office under the Coast Guard Administration said on Wednesday in a press release that units under its command noticed an unidentified object in waters about 7.4 nautical miles southwest of Dongsha Island on Oct. 2 and a speed boat sent to investigate observed water entering the cabin of the sailing ship “HUIA.” [FULL STORY]