Missing Taiwanese fishing boat located, but no signs of crew

Focus Taiwan0
Date: 01/04/2021
By: Wang Chao-yu and Ko Lin

The fishing port in Su’ao, Yilan. CNA file photo

Taipei, Jan. 4 (CNA) A commercial Taiwanese fishing boat that went missing last week in the middle of the Pacific has been located but there were no signs of its crew, the Su'ao Fishermen's Association said Monday.

Association head Tsai Yuan-lung (蔡源龍) told CNA the National Rescue Command Center was informed of the missing vessel — the Su'ao-registered Yong Yu Sing No. 18 (永裕興18號) — after its owner reported on Jan. 1 that he lost contact with the captain on Dec. 30.

The center sought assistance from U.S. authorities, and an American fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft found the missing boat some 606 nautical miles northeast of Midway Atoll on Jan. 2, Tsai said.

Observers on the plane noticed that the windows of the captain's cabin were smashed open, raising the possibility that the communications equipment onboard may have been damaged in the process.    [FULL  STORY]

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