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Student missing after falling overboard on ferry trip off north Taiwan

2019/01/15 20:37:39

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Taipei, Jan. 15 (CNA) A university student fell overboard during a ferry ride from Matsu Island to Keelung on Tuesday and had not been found as of 5:30 p.m., according to a local government official.

Chen Kuan-hao (陳冠豪) was traveling in a group with approximately 20 other students from National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU), returning from a trip to Matsu, when he fell overboard at 3:14 p.m., said Lin Chang-ching (林長青), head of Lienchiang County tourism department.

At the time, the Taima Star ferry was about 27.9 nautical miles off Taipei Port and it started searching for Chen, Lin said.

The crew also immediately called the Coast Guard Administration (COA) and the North Taiwan Maritime Affairs Center to help in the search, Lin said.

According to Legislator Chen Hsueh-sheng (陳雪生), a search and rescue helicopter was dispatched to the area at 4:15 p.m., and a COA boat joined the search for the student at 5:10 p.m.

As of 5:30 p.m., however, he had not been located and the search was still in progress, the legislator said.

(By William Yen)