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MOFA to help Taiwanese boat accident victims

MOFA to help Taiwanese boat accident victims

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday that it will provide all necessary assistance to 16 Taiwanese rescued from a fishing boat that sank after colliding with a Japanese patrol vessel.
"Lee Ming-tzung, the ministry's representative in Naha, has rushed to visit the 16 Taiwanese and has requested the local overseas Taiwanese leader to take care of them," said MOFA spokeswoman Phoebe Yeh (葉非比) at a regular press briefing.
A Taiwanese fishing boat with three crew members and 13 recreational fishermen sank around 3: 38 a.m. local time some 6 nautical miles southwest of the Tiaoyutai Islands, or Senkaku Islands in Japanese, after colliding with a Japan coast guard patrol boat.
The Japanese vessel Koshiki was on a routine patrol near the disputed islands in the East China Sea when the incident occurred.
Reuters reported that the two boats collided when the Taiwanese fishing boat suddenly changed direction as the Japanese vessel attempt to check its name.


Updated : 2021-07-26 04:10 GMT+08:00