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Taiwanese fishing boat catches fire in Malaysian waters, crew rescued

Taiwanese fishing boat catches fire in Malaysian waters, crew rescued

Kuala Lumpur, July 14 (CNA) A Taiwanese fishing boat caught fire in the Strait of Malacca on its way from Singapore to Sri Lanka early Thursday, requiring all eight crew members to be rescued by a passing cruise liner, the Taiwan representative office in Malaysia said later that same day.
Chao Ching-yun, skipper of the "Gina Sen 18, " told officials with the Taiwan representative office in Kuala Lumpur that the fire broke out in the stern of the ship, but that the cause was unclear.
The crew included Chao and his Taiwanese first mate, Chiu Wen- tsuo, and six Filipinos.
Chiu suffered a minor injury but the others were all safe and in good health, the officials said.
The crew was escorted to Malaysia's Port Klang, where they were granted 14-day visas by the immigration authorities there.
After reporting the incident to the Malaysian maritime authorities the following day, the crew will be allowed to leave, according to Taiwanese officials who went to the port to provide assistance to the crew.
(By Sun Tien-mei and Bear Lee)




Updated : 2021-04-14 04:50 GMT+08:00