9 missing in boat collision off Taiwan

2015-09-18 08:27
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Taipei - A Taiwanese fishing boat capsized off the island's north coast on Friday morning after colliding with a gravel ship, leaving all nine fishermen on board missing, officials said.

Six coastguard vessels and a team of rescue divers have been dispatched to the scene of the crash to search for the missing, along with a fleet of fishing boats, including a Taiwanese skipper, four Chinese ships and four boats from Indonesia.

"The water around the venue was full of fishing nets, making the search work by divers very difficult," Tseng Shu-feng, a coastguard official, told reporters.

According to the authorities, the accident happened when the fishing vessel Shih Hui 31 was sailing off Chuwei, a fishing port near Taoyuan city, in the early hours of Friday and collided with the 8 000-ton gravel ship.

However, officials have yet to provide details about what instigated the crash.

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