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Taiwan coast guard rescues 3 Filipino fishermen

2013/07/22 17:41:39

Taipei, July 22 (CNA) Three Philippine fishermen, who had been drifting at sea for five days, were rescued by a Taiwan coast guard vessel Sunday, the Coast Guard Administration said Monday.

The coast guard ship took the three fishermen to Kaohsiung Harbor in southern Taiwan on Monday in preparation for their return home.

The Philippine fishing boat, along with another vessel, departed from a harbor in northern Luzon on July 15 but was damaged in high seas, which were caused by Tropical Storm Cimaron, and began to take in water July 17.

Taiwan's coast guard came to the rescue after it was notified Sunday that the fishing boat was drifting 37 nautical miles southeastern of Eluanbi.

The three men on board were given food, water and shower facilities.

Upon arrival at Kaohsiung Harbor, they also received medical attention and it was found that they had sustained bruises and sunburn and were suffering from dehydration.

Taiwan's Navy and coast guard ships are still searching for the other Philippine fishing boat, which was also carrying three fishermen onboard.

(By Chen Chao-fu and Lilian Wu)
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