Indonesian fisherman saved, rest of Taiwan boat crew still missing
Central News Agency
2014-01-05 09:54 PM
Taipei, Jan. 5 (CNA) An Indonesian fisherman was rescued from the sea Sunday as Taiwanese and Japanese patrol vessels continued to look for four other members of the crew on a Taiwanese fishing boat who went missing in waters near Okinawa. The man, one of three Indonesians among the crew of the Cheng Tsai Li, was recovering from hypothermia on the Cheng Chang Fa No. 2, a fishing boat based in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, according to the Kaohsiung City government's marine bureau. There was no word on the fate of the other crew members, including two from Taiwan, or on the cause that left their longline fishing boat floating without its crew. Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration (CGA) launched a rescue mission Saturday after being alerted by its Japanese counterpart that the tuna fishing boat was drifting off the coast of Okinawa. The Ho Shin, an 1,800-ton CGA patrol boat, arrived at the scene Sunday morning and began a search for survivors along with Japanese patrol vessels. The Chinese-language website of Japan's Kyodo News Agency reported Saturday that the Cheng Tsai Li was detected at around 12:30 p.m. that day about 35 nautical miles northeast of Miyako Island, southwest of the main island of Okinawa. A fire might have broken out on the ship, the report said. Part of the hull was destroyed, and the ship was tilting toward one side after taking in water. The Cheng Tsai Li departed from its home port of Suao in Yilan County on Dec. 14. (By Chen Ja-fo and Jay Chen)
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