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Freak waves from Haiyan leave 2 dead, 1 missing in Taiwan

2013/11/11 12:42:34

Taipei, Nov. 11 (CNA) Two men lost their lives and one has been reported missing in two separate incidents at sea caused by high waves on Taiwan's east coast from Super Typhoon Haiyan on the weekend, local officials said Monday.

In one incident, three men were washed into the sea by rogue waves from the storm, which capsized their recreational fishing raft off Changbin port in Taitung County, southeastern Taiwan, Saturday evening, officials said.

One of the men managed to swim ashore, while the body of another one was picked up by rescue teams some 0.5 nautical miles off Changbin port Sunday afternoon, and the third man remained missing as of press time Monday, officials said.

The Coast Guard Administration and the National Airborne Service Corps are still searching for the missing man.

On Sunday, an angler, identified only by his family name Cheng, died after he was swept into the sea by big waves while he was fishing on Orchid Island off Taitung County, according to coast guard officers.

He was picked up by a coast guard vessel and rushed to a nearby hospital but could not be resuscitated, the officers said.

Super Typhoon Haiyan swept through the Philippines Nov. 8, leaving a trail of death and devastation. Haiyan, said to be the most powerful storm ever to reach land, killed an estimated 10,000 people in the Philippines, Reuters news agency reported Nov. 10, citing a senior police official.

(By Tyson Lu and Sofia Wu)