Taiwan fishing boat crew safe after collision with Liberian ship

All 10 crewmembers on a Taiwan fishing boat were safe after a Liberian merchant ship ran into it from behind in the South Pacific early Saturday, opening up a leak in fishing vessel, the Fisheries Agency said.

The agency said it had contacted the fishing boat, the Hsiang Yung No. 6 (??6?) which is registered in Pingtung County, and learned that the leak had improved and no one had been hurt.

Although the fishing boat can sail, its crew has been advised to wait for rescue by another Taiwanese fishing vessel in the area that is sailing toward them and is expected to reach them later in the evening, the agency said.

Fisheries Agency Deputy Director General Huang Hung-yen (???) said there were two Taiwanese and eight Indonesian crewmembers aboard the fishing boat at the time of the collision, which occurred at 3:45 a.m. in the South Pacific.

The fishing boat and the Liberian merchant vessel were about 530 nautical miles southeast of Eluanbi, the southernmost tip of Taiwan, at the time, Huang said.

He said his agency has alerted Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration and has also spoken with the captain to get an update of the situation onboard the boat.

The Liberian ship has remained near the fishing vessel, waiting until rescue boats arrive, Huang said, adding that the two vessels will discuss compensation later.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel