Injured Filipino on Liberian boat transported to Taiwan hospital

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A Filipino engineer was transferred from a ship to a hospital in Taiwan (photo by Taiwan Coast Guard).

A Filipino engineer was transferred from a ship to a hospital in Taiwan (photo by Taiwan Coast Guard). (CNA photo)

A Filipino marine engineer, who was injured aboard a Liberian-registered cargo vessel boat, was transported to a Taiwan hospital for treatment Friday, according to the Hualien coast guard which responded to the call for help.

The cargo ship "E.R. Bayonne," which was sailing through Taiwan waters Friday evening, issued a call for help at around 7 p.m., saying that one of its crew members had suffered serious burns in an accident in the engine room.

The Hualien coast guard immediately sent a boat out to the cargo vessel, which had anchored 26 nautical miles off Hualien, and the patient was taken back to port and then to Hualien Tzu Chi Hospital at around 11 p.m. Friday, said Ho Hua-chieh (賀華傑), head of the Hualien coast guard base.

The 27-year old Filipino marine engineer was receiving treatment at the hospital for second-degree burns on his right leg, Ho said. (By Chang Chin and Ko Lin)