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CWB denies responsibility in accident

中央氣象局拒絕為意外負責

CWB denies responsibility in accident

The Central Weather Bureau denied any of their forecasts were inaccurate yesterday, after families of the dead and missing fishermen accused the bureau of giving out misleading information concerning wind strength on Wednesday.

死者與失蹤漁夫的家屬控告氣象局週三所公佈的風力資訊有誤,中央氣象局於昨日否認氣象預報出錯。

According to the family of Wei Kuo-chih, 70, the captain of the fishing boat that capsized near the Keelung coast on Wednesday afternoon, Wei listened to the CWB weather report and was informed that the wind strength had been classified as category four, an optimal condition for fishing at sea.

家屬表示,七十歲的魏國智是漁船船長,其漁船於週三下午在基隆沿海翻覆,魏國智曾收聽氣象局的氣象報告,並得知風力為四級,適合出航海釣。

Wei's cousin said,“He had been a fishermen for over 20 years. He knew how important it is to listen to the weather report.”He continued to say that his cousin would never set sail and risk his life unless the weather was suitable for sailing.

魏國智的親戚表示:「他當漁夫已有二十年以上的經驗,知道收聽氣象報告的重要性。」他繼續表示魏國智決不會冒著生命危險出海,除非天氣適合航海。

However, the director of the forecast center Daniel Wu said that according to recorded data for the Wednesday fishing forecast, his center had actually issued a strong wind warning and estimated the winds at sea would be between category seven and eight.

然而氣象預報中心主任吳德榮表示,根據周三漁業氣象預報的紀錄資料,中心確實發佈強風警報,並且預測海上風力為七至八級之間。

The coast guard said Wei and his three men crew, namely Chou Tze-feng, 31, Lin Shih-chieh, 31, and Lin Jia-ho, 50 set sail at around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday for a fishing trip on a recreational boat weighing 5.2 tons. The boat capsized en route back to the Patouzi fishing port on Wednesday afternoon just afternoon 4:30 p.m.

海巡署表示,魏國智與其他三名船員周哲蜂(三十一歲)、林世傑(三十一歲)以及林家和(五十歲)於週三四點半左右乘一艘五點二噸重的娛樂漁船出航釣魚,這艘船在週三下午回八斗子漁港途中(約四點半時)翻覆。

Despite the denial from the CWB, local fishermen still blasted the weather service for frequently issuing inaccurate weather reports. One fisherman said that the CWB sometimes updates their forecasts in the late morning; however, by that time, many fishermen have already set sail and are unable to benefit from the new reports, he said.

儘管中央氣象局否認,當地漁夫仍然抨擊氣象中心經常發佈錯誤的預報。一名漁夫表示,氣象局有時在近中午時更新預報資訊,然而他表示,在那時,許多漁夫早已出海去了,無法受惠於新的氣象預報。