Taiwan searches for remaining capsized ship crew (update)

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/01/02
By: Huang Li-yun, Matt Yu and Evelyn Kao

Photo courtesy of the National Rescue Command Center

Taipei, Jan. 2 (CNA) Taiwan is participating in a search and rescue mission to find crew members of a Palau-registered general cargo ship still missing after the vessel capsized in waters east of China’s Wenzhou on Wednesday morning, the National Rescue Command Center (NRCC) said.

The center received a report at 7:05 a.m. that a Palau-registered boat with 15 crew members (one Taiwanese and 14 Myanmarese) on board capsized in waters 190 nautical miles (352 kilometers) northeast of Songshan District in Taipei, the NRCC said in a statement.

Taiwan’s Maritime and Port Bureau was later notified that the boat went down in waters 150 nautical miles (278 km) north-northeast of Taiwan-held Pengjia Islet and about 167 km east of Wenzhou in the East China Sea.

As of 3:30 p.m., two Myanmarese crew members were rescued by a South Korean fishing boat, while two others were rescued and one body found by a Chinese fishing boat but the other 10 are still missing.    [FULL  STORY]

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