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Cargo ship capsizes off Kaohsiung, all crew members rescued

2017/10/18 13:34:35

Photo courtesy of the Coast Guard Administration

Taipei, Oct. 18 (CNA) A Honduras-registered cargo ship sank on Wednesday in waters off Kaohsiung, but all of the ship's 14 crew members have been rescued, according to the Coast Guard Administration (CGA).

The CGA's Maritime Patrol Directorate General said in a statement it received a report at 1:38 a.m. that a Honduras-registered cargo ship called the "Ming An," with 14 Indonesian crew members aboard, sent a signal for help from a position about 36 nautical miles west of Kaohsiung Port.

The Coast Guard dispatched a frigate and three cutters from Tainan, Kaohsiung and the Penghu Islands to rescue the crew members, and the National Airborne Service Corps sent a helicopter to support the effort, the statement said.

As of 5:12 a.m., 13 crew members had been taken to safety, while the final crew member was rescued at 9:55 a.m. roughly 46 nautical miles off the coast of Anping in the Tainan area after drifting on the water for eight hours.

The 2,673-ton cargo ship departed Tuesday afternoon from Kaohsiung Port bound for Vietnam.

After setting sail, the ship ran into bad weather and a hydraulic high pressure water pump was damaged by rough waves, allowing water into the ship and causing it to sink, according to the Maritime Patrol Directorate General's investigation.

(By Chang Jung-hsiang and Evelyn Kao)