One missing in ship collision off northern Taiwan

Taipei--One man has yet to be accounted for following a collision of ships in waters off a small island north of Taiwan on Saturday night, according to the Keelung Coast Guard.

A Chinese fishing boat, named "Min Lian Yu 61883," sunk shortly after colliding with a Panama-registered freighter in waters 44 nautical miles northwest of Pengjia Islet at around 10 p.m. Saturday, Coast Guard officers said Sunday, citing witnesses.

After the collision, several other Chinese fishing boats operating nearby were able to rescue eight out of the ill-fated fishing boat's 10 crew members, and the freighter rescued another one, Coast Guard officers told CNA.

A Keelung Coast Guard patrol boat arrived at the scene at 4:20 a.m. to take part in search and rescue operations, and Taiwan's Coastal Patrol Directorate General dispatched two helicopters (at 2:52 a.m. and 8:45 a.m.), a patrol cutter and several patrol vessels to support the mission.

The nine survivors were transferred to a Chinese rescue vessel at 7:20 a.m. while the search for the missing crew member continued into Sunday afternoon.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel