Mituo Fishing Harbor, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan. Photo: Google Maps

A Vietnamese crew member was rescued from a fishing boat that capsized off southwestern Taiwan on Thursday morning, but the Taiwanese captain of the vessel has died.

At 9:25am on August 24, the security office at the Mituo Fishing Harbor in Kaohsiung asked for assistance from the Southern Coastal Patrol Office of the Coast Guard Administration as a fishing vessel had  overturned, The Commons Daily reported over the weekend.

A coastal patrol corps was dispatched to the scene, where rescuers pulled the Vietnamese fisherman out of the capsized boat. He was emotionally distraught but survived.

Meanwhile, the 48-year-old Taiwanese captain was seen floating unconscious around 50 meters from the boat. He was reportedly given cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the way to Kaohsiung Municipal Gangshan Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

According to The Real Daily, a preliminary investigation suggested that the accident was a result of bad weather. The boat was likely overturned by waves, which were seen to be up to 2 meters high.