TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Firefighters put out a fire aboard the fishing boat Jinyucai No. 2, which was docked at Penghu’s Wangan Fishing Harbor on Wednesday (Nov. 15).
Both firefighters and a coastal patrol tried to save the ship, but strong winds fanned the fire and the fishing boat eventually sank. There were no crew members on board at the time of the sinking, per CNA..
The fire department received a report at 4:20 a.m. on Tuesday (Nov. 15) that a fishing boat berthed at Penghu’s Wangan Fishing Port caught fire with smoke filling the air. A nearby coast patrol was informed of the situation, and soon a fire brigade from Wangan arrived to draw water lines from the harbor and the sea to put out the fire.
Fire consumes fishing boat which eventually sinks in Penghu Wangan Fishing Port. (CNA photo)
A preliminary fire investigation revealed that the boat was loaded with fuel and docked in the harbor, preparing to go out to sea. Investigators found the fire began with wiring in the boat cabin, later spreading to the rest of the boat.
A full investigation of the fire has yet to be carried out.