Three missing from Taiwanese fishing boat off Japan’s Hokkaido

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/10/09
By: Milly Lin, Cheng Chi-fong, Yang Ming-chu and Elaine Hou

Taipei, Oct. 9 (CNA) Three Vietnamese crewmen were reported missing Friday after falling overboard from a Taiwanese fishing boat near the Japanese island of Hokkaido the previous night, the Fisheries Agency said Friday.

A search was underway by the Japanese coast guard for the fishermen, the agency said, adding that it had also asked Taiwanese fishing boats operating nearby to help with the search.

The Hsiang Fuh Far (祥富發) from Kaohsiung had sailed into waters near Tomakomai in search of safety due to the approaching Typhoon Mujigae, which had weakened to an extra-tropical cyclone.     [FULL  STORY]

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