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Three Filipinos rescued by Taiwan Coast Guard
Central News Agency
2013-07-21 08:28 PM
Taipei, July 21 (CNA) Three Filipino fishermen were rescued by a Coast Guard patrol vessel some 40 nautical miles south of Taiwan's southern tip of Eluanbi Sunday, a Taiwanese official said. The 1,800-ton Wei Shin came across a sampan in danger of sinking and the three fishermen asking for help, said Captain Hsu Yun-sheng of the Coast Guard Administration's southern office. The three were rescued and were being transported to Taiwan's southern port city of Kaohsiung, Hsu said. The Taiwanese government's representative office in Manila was in the process of making arrangements for the fishermen to be sent home. After rescuing the fishermen, the Wei Shin and helicopters belonging to the National Airborne Service Corps launched a search for another sampan and its three-member crew. One of the survivors was quoted as saying that the two flat-bottom vessels were hit by a typhoon on July 17, two days after they left Santa Ana in northern Luzon. The Wei Shin lent a helping hand to the fishermen in distress out of humanitarian considerations even though the dispute over the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine Coast Guard in May has yet to be settled, Hsu said. (By Wang Shu-fen and Jay Chen)
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