One Missing in Ship Collision Off Northern Taiwan



Reports received on Saturday night indicated that one man has yet to be accounted after he vanished following the collision of ships in waters off a small island north of Taiwan.

What happened?

According to the Keelung Coast Guard and eyewitness accounts, a Chinese fishing boat, named “Min Lian Yu 61883,” sunk shortly after colliding with a Panama-registered freighter in waters 44 nautical miles northwest of Pengjia Islet at around 10 p.m. Saturday.

8 people rescued:

Coast Guard officers told, after the collision, several other Chinese fishing boats operating nearby were able to rescue eight out of the ill-fated fishing boat’s 10 crew members, and the freighter rescued another one.

A Keelung Coast Guard patrol boat arrived at the scene at 4:20 a.m. to take part in search and rescue operations, and Taiwan’s Coastal Patrol Directorate General dispatched two helicopters (at 2:52 a.m. and 8:45 a.m.), a patrol cutter and several patrol vessels to support the mission.

Rescue underway:

The nine survivors were transferred to a Chinese rescue vessel at 7:20 a.m. while the search for the missing crew member continued into Sunday afternoon. The Keelung Coast Guard has also initiated an investigation to determine the root cause of the accident.

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