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Missing Taiwanese fishing boat might have lost power: official

Missing Taiwanese fishing boat might have lost power: official

Taipei, March 7 (CNA) A Taiwanese fishing boat that has gone missing in waters off southeastern Argentina could have lost power, Fisheries Agency deputy head Huang Hung-yan (???) said Saturday. No signals of wreckage or notification of hijacking were sent by the "Hsiang Fu Chun (???)" before it lost contact Feb. 26, suggesting that the boat could still be in the region, probably without power, Huang said. The Hsiang Fu Chun, which carries a crew of 49, was 1,700 nautical miles from the Falkland Islands when it last contacted its company at 3 a.m. that day, according to the agency. The boat's Taiwanese captain reported at the time that the ship was taking in water, it said. Besides the captain, one other Taiwanese is aboard, along with 11 Chinese, 21 Indonesian, 13 Filipino and two Vietnamese, the agency said. It is difficult to send either an airplane or a boat to the rescue, as the vessel went missing far from land, in treacherous sea conditions, Huang said, adding that Taiwan has been asking other countries for help. According to the Foreign Ministry, Taiwan's representative office in the United Kingdom, which maintains sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, has sought help from the British authorities and the European Union Naval Force. Its representative office in Argentina is also working with the Argentina Navy to search for the boat, the ministry said. Without power, it is likely that the Hsiang Fu Chun will remain adrift for at least two weeks before it reaches land, Huang said. (By Lin Meng-ju, Hsieh Chia-chen and Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-18 16:14 GMT+08:00