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Indonesian fisherman confirmed dead after boat capsized off Taoyuan

Indonesian fisherman confirmed dead after boat capsized off Taoyuan

Taipei, Sept. 19 (CNA) An Indonesian fisherman working on a Taiwanese fishing vessel has been confirmed dead, after the boat capsized off the coast of Taoyuan in northern Taiwan following a collision with a cargo ship Friday, coast guard officers said Saturday. The body was discovered about 4.9 nautical miles from the location of the collision. The victim was confirmed to be one of the Indonesian fishermen working on board after the body was brought to the neighboring Tamsui Harbor for identity checks. Eight other fishermen were still unaccounted for, as the search and rescue efforts continued on Saturday. They include one Taiwanese national who was the captain of the boat, as well as four Chinese and three Indonesian migrant workers. Four of the Coast Guard Administration's vessels are conducting a search near the location of the accident. The Navy's Underwater Operations Unit also joined the effort. Two Navy divers went underwater to search for the missing fishermen for about 30 minutes Saturday morning. They said they could not open the door to the cabin of the sunken boat, but saw a leg of a dead fisherman through the window, according to Hsinchu coast guard officers, who were responsible for the search and rescue work. The rapid water flow near the boat made it difficult for underwater rescue operations, said Hsinchu coast guard officers, who added that they are discussing with the owner of the fishing boat on towing the vessel back to the harbor, which may facilitate their recovery efforts. The accident occurred at around 1:48 a.m. Friday when the 48-ton fishing boat, the Shih Hui No. 31 (??31?), collided with the cargo ship, Asia Cement No. 2 (??2?), six nautical miles northwest of Taoyuan's Chuwei fishing port. Investigation into the cause of the collision is still underway. (By Lu Kang-chun and Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-25 06:22 GMT+08:00