2 Indonesian fishing workers missing in boat accident off Tamsui

Taipei-Two Indonesian fishing workers remain unaccounted for Sunday evening after falling into the sea earlier in the day when the boat they were working on capsized not far from the mouth of Tamsui River in New Taipei.

The two workers were among five crew members who fell from their small boat in waters 300 meters away from Taipei Port at 9:30 a.m., police and firefighters said.

Coastal patrol authorities dispatched a helicopter to the scene of the accident to search for them, and the Taiwanese skipper and two other foreign workers -- also from Indonesia -- were rescued and conscious, the police said.

Lin Chih-hung (???), head of the Maritime Patrol Directorate General's Tamsui offshore flotilla, said the five fishermen sailed the boat to waters off a shallow beach near Taipei Port on Sunday morning to collect fishing nets positioned there.

The small vessel capsized after being hit by a strong crosswind, sending all five people on board into the water, Lin said.

The skipper was in good shape after being fished out, and the two rescued Indonesian workers were taken to a nearby hospital for observation, Lin said, adding that the search for the other two crew members will continue.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel