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Girl rescued in waters off New Taipei thanks savior

Girl rescued in waters off New Taipei thanks savior

Taipei, June 24 (CNA) Chang Hui-er, the 17-year-old female student who was rescued earlier this month after drifting more than 20 hours in the sea off northern Taiwan coasts, visited her savior in Penghu Wednesday to show her gratitude.
Chang was reported missing when the inflatable banana boat she and friends were on board capsized in the sea off Shanzhi, New Taipei in the evening of June 8.
The recreational activity of the young vacationers turned into panic because for hours the rescue teams of the Coast Guard and the National Airborne Service Corps could not find Chang.
While a life jacket had kept her afloat, Chang was lucky to be spotted by the Yita No. 68, a fishing boat passing by.
The ship was on its way back home in Penghu, when the skipper, Chen Chin-chi, heard Chang shouting for help in the water. He rescued her and informed the authorities -- almost 21 hours after she went missing.
Accompanied by her parents, a fully recovered Chang visited Chen's family in Penghu Wednesday, following a local custom by burning joss papers and lighting up firecrackers.
The skipper turned down a red envelope with gratitude money presented by the Changs.
Chen treated the visitors to a lunch, telling them that during his 38-year career on the sea, this was his first experience of saving someone from the sea.
"I'd say the girl was lucky, and it was my luck too to have a chance to do this," Chen said. (By Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-04-14 14:03 GMT+08:00