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Crew rescued from damaged ship to arrive in China soon

2012/04/25 21:44:13

Taipei, April 25 (CNA) Nine crew members rescued from a Taiwan-flagged fishing boat that caught fire off the island of Guam on Saturday are expected to arrive in the Chinese city of Qingdao late Thursday at the earliest, according to China's state-run media.

Xinhua News Agency reported that a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo vessel, which picked up Taiwanese skipper Huang Ming-yuan and eight Indonesian crewmembers from the water, will make port in Qingdao late Thursday or early Friday.

The Qingdao office in charge of Taiwan affairs is helping withimmigration clearance for the crew members, so they can return to Taiwan as soon as possible, the report said.

The crew of the "Hsin Man Chun," registered in Pingtung, abandoned ship Saturday after a fire broke out onboard. They were pulled from the water by the crew of the Marshall Islands vessel.

The 60.56-ton deep-sea fishing boat sailed for Guam in January to fish for tuna and swordfish.

(By Jamie Wang)
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