Taiwan fishing boat crew safe after collision with Liberian ship

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/01/07
By: Chen Cheng-wei and Lilian Wu

Taipei, Jan. 7 (CNA) All 10 crewmembers on a Taiwan fishing boat were safe after a Liberian merchant

Photo courtesy of Maritime Patrol Directorate General

ship ran into it from behind in the South Pacific early Saturday, opening up a leak in fishing vessel, the Fisheries Agency said.

The agency said it had contacted the fishing boat, the Hsiang Yung No. 6 (祥湧6號) which is registered in Pingtung County, and learned that the leak had improved and no one had been hurt.

Although the fishing boat can sail, its crew has been advised to wait for rescue by another Taiwanese fishing vessel in the area that is sailing toward them and is expected to reach them later in the evening, the agency said.

Fisheries Agency Deputy Director General Huang Hung-yen (黃鴻燕) said there were two Taiwanese and eight Indonesian crewmembers aboard the fishing boat at the time of the collision, which occurred at 3:45 a.m. in the South Pacific.    [FULL  STORY]

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