Man drowned while trying to cross swift-flowing river in central Taiwan

Fallen man carried downstream by the surging current

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/06/03
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

(Photo provided by a member of the public)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A man holding a bucket was carried away by current and drowned while trying to cross a swift-flowing river in Taiwan’s central county of Nantou on Sunday, Central News Agency (CNA) reported.

A witness said that when he was crossing a bridge spanning the Nankang River in Puli Township, he saw a middle-aged man holding an orange bucket crossing the river, according to CNA. As the current was swift from an abundance of rain in the mountains in recent days, he thought the man’s behavior was very dangerous.

He said the next thing he saw was the man being dragged down by the force of the current and carried down the stream by the flowing water. He was terrified by the scene and immediately reported the incident to police.

Nantou County Fire Station responded by dispatching members of two branches to the scene, where they began searching downstream from where the man fell down, according to CNA. The search and rescue team found the man about 300 meters downstream from where he fell down, pulled him to shore, and immediately performed CPR on him.

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