Taiwan police offer Singaporean woman shelter

Stranded tourist planned to sleep in makeshift tent during cold night

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Singaporean woman surnamed Yu poses with Yehliu Police Station officers. (Jinshan Precinct photo) 

Singaporean woman surnamed Yu poses with Yehliu Police Station officers. (Jinshan Precinct photo) 

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A New Taipei City police officer recently brought a stranded Singaporean woman back to his police station and offered her a sofa to sleep on to avoid the elements, CNA reported on Sunday (April 5).

While on patrol the night of March 31, Officer Guo Jun-hong (郭俊鴻) spotted a woman standing at the door of a convenient store in Yehliu, the report said. Guo felt something was not right and went to question her.

The woman, surnamed Yu (余), told the officer that she came from Singapore and entered Taiwan on March 11. She was scheduled to go back to Singapore on March 30, but the flight was cancelled, forcing her to prolong her stay in Taiwan. On March 31, she traveled from Keelung to the Yehliu Geopark for sightseeing.

Yu explained that she had to cut back on expenses to save her remaining money. She told the officer that she planned to stay overnight under a makeshift canvas tent near a parking lot. However, as the weather turned worse, the officer was worried that the foreign tourist might suffer from hypothermia if she slept there.

Therefore, wiith her consent, Guo took Yu back to the station.

After checking her temperature, the officer provided her with hot water, instant noodles, toast, and disposable heat pads to warm up. Then he arranged for her to sleep on a sofa in the station for the night.

The next morning, Yehliu Police Station chief Zeng Zhong-qi (曾鐘錡) fed Yu for a second time. Before leaving the station, she happily posed for photos with the officers.