General cargo vessel missing on seas off northern Taiwan

2017/10/08 19:51:44
Photo courtesy of Maritime Patrol Directorate General, Coast Guard Administration

Photo courtesy of Maritime Patrol Directorate General, Coast Guard Administration

Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) A search for a general cargo ship unaccounted for since Friday after it set sail for China from Taipei Harbor the same day has come up empty so far, a senior official at the Maritime Patrol Directorate General said Sunday.

The Coast Guard Administration is still searching for the cargo vessel, named "Hsin Fa Erh (新發貳號)," said Liu Chih-hung (劉志鴻), deputy director-general of the bureau.

Liu said Taipei Harbor's last contact with the Hsin Fa Erh was at 7 p.m. Friday, when its skipper surnamed Tsai (蔡) reported they had encountered strong winds and rough waves and were planning to sail back to the port.

The ship should have returned to Taipei Harbor at around 11 p.m. Saturday, but it never arrived, according to Coast Guard officials, and no contact has been made with the boat since Friday, they said.

In addition to the skipper, there are four Taiwanese crew members and one Indonesian worker on board the cargo vessel.

(By Chen Wei-ting, Yu Kai-hsiang and Elizabeth Hsu)
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