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Indonesian survivor of ship fire heading back to Taiwan for treatment
Central News Agency
2014-01-06 10:23 PM
Kaohsiung, Jan. 6 (CNA) An Indonesian hand aboard a Taiwanese fishing vessel that caught fire near Okinawa, Japan Saturday is expected to return to Taiwan Tuesday for medical treatment. Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration (CGA) said Monday that the fisherman will be carried to the Port of Keelung in northern Taiwan aboard a patrol vessel sent out the day the fire started. The Indonesian hand is the only confirmed survivor of the five-man crew, made up of two Taiwanese and three Indonesian members, who set out on the 26.5-ton Jeng Tsair Lih Dec. 14 from Yilan County to fish for tuna, according to the CGA investigation. The boat was reported to have caught fire near Okinawa Jan. 4, forcing the crew to jump ship to save their lives. The whereabouts of the other four crew members remains unknown. The unnamed Indonesian survivor was found clinging to a water float by another Taiwanese ship operating nearby. Upon returning to land, he will be taken to a government-run hospital in Keelung for immediate treatment, though the CGA said he has not suffered any obvious external injuries. The CGA did not give specifics on whether the ill-fated ship has sunk or is still afloat. Taiwanese authorities were alerted to the burning ship at noon Jan. 4 by Japanese Coast Guard personnel, who found it drifting and ablaze 35 nautical miles northeast of Miyako Island, southwest of the main island of Okinawa. There were no traces of any crew members on board when the Japan Coast Guard arrived at the scene. A Kaohsiung man, Sun Kuo-lung, has confirmed that the two Taiwanese crew members aboard were his son and nephew. Sun said that the vessel is a tuna-hunting ship of around five years old, and it typically heads to sea for three weeks at a time. (By Cheng Che-fon and Elizabeth Hsu)
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