3 drowning incidents at Yilan coast in northeastern Taiwan cause 2 deaths, 4 missing, and 1 injured


TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Two people died, four were missing, and one girl was injured in three drowning incidents at two beaches in Yilan County on Sunday, according to a Central News Agency report.

An eight-year-old girl surnamed Hung went to Neipi Beach in Nanfangao with her family and friends in the afternoon, and when Hung’s father was parking his car, the girl and other family members and friends went to play on the beach, the report said. When big waves stroke the shore, Hung was washed out to sea, and a man surnamed Wu who saw what’s happening went into the water immediately in an attempt to rescue the girl, according to the report.

Not long after that, the girl was washed ashore and she was conscious, but Wu was bobbing up and down in the sea, the report said. Yilan County Fire Bureau received a report about the incident at 4:32 p.m. and dispatched rescuers to the beach immediately.

Wu had lost vital signs when he was pulled up from the sea, and rescuers administered CPR on him before he was sent to a hospital in Suao, where he died after receiving 30 minutes of emergency treatment.

In addition, at the so called "secret beach" in Nan'ao Township, where a big sea cave is located, two other drowning incidents happened on Sunday afternoon.

A 52-year-old man surnamed Chou and his wife surnamed Liu, 50, were riding an all terrain vehicle (ATV) along with the 52-year-old beach ATV rental owner surnamed Ho, who was riding another ATV, when they along with their ATVs were swept out to sea by big waves at 3:06 p.m., the report said.

Rescuers said a Coast Guard Administration boat carried a male body to Nansing Inspection Office in Nanfangao at 6:36 p.m., and the body was confirmed as Chou by his family, the report said. However, Liu and Ho were still missing, according to the report.

Not far from where the three ATV riders fell victim to the waves, a 40-year-old mother surnamed Wei and her son surnamed Lee, 10, were also swept into the sea by long waves at 5:03 p.m., the report said. Both of them remained missing at press time as seaborne, airborne and land rescue efforts were being conducted, the report said.

The so-called "secret beach" in Nan'ao