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Taiwan seeking foreign assistance for missing fishing boat: MOFA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has instructed its offices in Palau, the Philippines and Indonesia to ask for assistance from the governments of these countries to help locate a Taiwanese fishing boat that has been missing since Aug. 19, MOFA spokesman Henry Chen said Monday.
The Foreign Ministry made the instruction several days ago after being informed by the Fisheries Agency under the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture that the Taiyihsiang, a fishing boat based in Liouciou, Pingtung, went out of touch about one week after it sailed from Liouciou to fish, Chen said.
"So far we have received no information from our offices in these three nations," Chen noted.
According to a local newspaper report, the Taiyihsiung departed from Liouciou Aug. 12, with Taiwanese skipper Lee Feng-bao and eight other Indonesian crew members aboard. The report quoted Lee's family in Pingtung saying that Lee talked with his family via a radio system everyday, but had not done so since Aug. 19.
Neither Lee's family nor fishermen's radio in Pingtung could come into contact with Lee since Aug. 19, according to the report.
Analyzing via the satellite Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) , Fisheries Agency officials deduced that the Taiyihsiang could now be sailing in open seas near the Philippines, Chen said.
"The Foreign Ministry will continue to render help to Lee's no matter what happens," Chen promised.

Updated : 2021-10-20 10:49 GMT+08:00