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Taiwanese fishermen stranded at sea near Okinawa rescued

2017/09/14 14:27:25

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Taipei, Sept. 14 (CNA) Four Taiwanese fishermen have been rescued after being stranded at sea when their boat broke free from its moorings in a harbor on Japan's Miyako Island during Typhoon Talim Wednesday and drifted, Taiwan's Fisheries Agency said Thursday.

The fishing boat was one of two Pingtung-registered vessels operating northeast of the Japanese island that sought shelter at the harbor on Tuesday upon learning that Typhoon Talim was forecast to move toward Japan.

With the assistance of the Fisheries Agency and the Japanese authorities, the two fishing boats were allowed to dock at the harbor.

The Japanese authorities also offered to help the total of 10 crew members to find accommodation on the island. As a result, six of them landed on the island and got accommodation, while four decided to stay aboard one of the boats to respond to any emergencies in light of the stormy conditions, according to the Fisheries Agency.

However, that boat broke its moorings and drifted out to sea.

The four fishermen were confirmed safe early Thursday after the Japan Coast Guard launched a rescue mission and towed the fishing boat back to shore, according to Japanese media reports.

(By Huang Ming-hsi, Yang Su-min and Evelyn Kao)