The captain of a fishing vessel that collided with another boat off Taiwan’s northeast coast during the early hours of Tuesday was still missing yesterday after five of his crew were pulled from the water.
The two vessels, both fishing boats registered in Keelung and each seemingly unaware of the presence of the other in the water, collided at around 4am, some seven nautical miles northwest of Huaping Islet, Taiwan Shin Sheng Daily News reported.
One of the boats capsized following the head-on collision, and its 54-year-old captain, surnamed Lin, four mainland Chinese men and one Indonesian man were plunged into the sea. Only the five crew members could be pulled from the water by the crew of the other boat.
A 44-year-old Chinese man sustained minor head injuries and was sent to Keelung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital for treatment.
As reported by China Times, the Indonesian fisherman said that he and Lin were on duty at the time of collision, while the other four men onboard were sleeping. The incoming boat approached them so fast there was nothing they could do to evade it, he said.
Taiwan’s Coast Guard Administration, its National Airborne Service Corps and its navy launched a joint 72-hour search operation for Lin. Authorities are investigating the cause of the incident.