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Research shipwreck victims identified

2014/10/11 08:29:05

Taipei, Oct. 11 (CNA) The two people who died in a shipwreck near Taiwan's outlying island of Penghu Friday were identified as Hsu Shih-chieh, a research fellow with Academia Sinica, and Lin Yi-chun of Taiwan Ocean Research Institute. Forty-three others on board their research vessel were rescued, officials said.

RV Ocean Researcher 5 ran aground after developing mechanical problems, Transportation Minister Yeh Kuang-shih told a press conference early Saturday.

The 2,700-ton vessel sank in stormy waters around 8:11 p.m., less than three hours after it first issued a distress call, said Chi Wen-chong, director general of the Maritime and Port Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation.

The accident happened when the two-year-old ship was on its way to waters further north to conduct an environmental research after leaving port in Kaohsiung on Thursday. There were 27 researchers on board with a crew of 18.

Some of the survivors were injured but none of their injuries were said to be life-threatening.

(By Lin Meng-ju and Jay Chen)

●Oct. 11: 2 dead, 43 rescued after research ship sinks off Penghu