By: Hsieh Ya-chu, Wang Hung-kuo and Chiu Chin-ching
Taipei, June 9 (CNA) A 17-year-old female student was rescued late Tuesday afternoon by a
passing fishing ship in waters three km from where she fell off a banana boat, 21 hours after she was reported missing.
Chang Hui-er (張蕙而), appeared weak but was conscious and able to talk clearly when she was brought ashore at Fishermen’s Wharf in Tamsui and rushed to Mackay Memorial Hospital.
Chang, who studies at Taipei College of Maritime Technology and moonlights at a cafe in Sanzhi on Taiwan’s northern coast, boarded an inflatable banana boat with her male colleagues Monday evening after getting off work.
The boat capsized in heavy seas, but while the men managed to swim ashore on their own, Chang was nowhere to be seen. [FULL STORY]