Fisherman rescued after being swept to sea

A Yunlin County man was rescued Monday after being stuck out at sea for more than 24 hours with only a used tire to keep him afloat.

The Coast Guard Administration said it was informed on Monday evening that a fishing vessel picked up a man who was drifting in waters off the coast of Beimen District in Tainan.

He was conscious when the Coast Guard picked him up and took him to Tainan harbor, and medical workers waiting for him on shore decided he did not need to be taken to the hospital.

The man, surnamed Lin, told the Coast Guard he was fishing from a used tire in waters not far from the Sixth Naphtha Cracker facility in Mailiao, Yunlin County on Sunday afternoon when he was pulled away by a strong current and could not row back to shore in time.

According to Wu Shih-hsiung (???), captain of the fishing vessel that rescued Lin, Lin waved to get the fishing boat's attention when Wu and his crew were working on the deck.

Although Lin was conscious, he was dehydrated and was suffering from hyperthermia, Wu said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel