Fishing boat flips over in Ruifang, 1 missing

After 9 saved, search and rescue continues for missing crew member in Ruifang

Vessel overturns outside of Ruifang. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The search for one crew member continues after a fishing boat flips 10 members overboard off the coast of Ruifang at 5:41 a.m. this morning, according to the New Taipei City Fire Department and reported by CNA.

The vessel struck a reef 5 kilometers (3 miles) offshore of the Nan-ya fishing port (南雅漁港) in Ruifang.

The jolt flipped 10 crew members into the water. 


Rescue teams respond to the flipped vessel's distress call. (Photo: CNA) 

Nine crew members have been rescued. Their vital signs are stable and they are now resting on shore.

The National Airborne Service Corps (空勤總隊) began a search and rescue mission at 7 a.m. this morning for the tenth overturned member. At this time, his identity is unknown though he is not a Taiwanese national, according to CNA.

The ship’s manifest includes a Taiwanese captain and crew members from China, Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam.