Taiwan to stage disaster relief drill in South China Sea

Taiwan will stage a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise in the waters around Taiping Island in the South China Sea on Tuesday, the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) said on Monday.

Three aircraft and eight ships will take part in the exercise, dubbed “Nanyuan No. 1.” Nanyuan means assistance to the south. The exercise is designed to demonstrate Taiwan’s humanitarian assistance and disaster relief capability, according to CGA.

Participants from the coastguard and navy will simulate fire fighting operations on a foreign freighter in waters near Taiping Island in the Spratlys and rescuing crew members, according to CGA.

The exercise will allow participants to practice reporting a maritime accident and the division of labor needed to provide assistance in such situations.

After putting out the fire and rescuing the crew, participants will provide supplies and assist with ship repairs, said CGA.

The exercise will also make use of online medical assistance and transfer the injured to nearby hospitals, the agency said.

Since 2000, the Taiwan coastguard and navy have assisted 100 people in 70 emergencies in waters adjacent to Dongsha and Taiping islands.

Taiwan is currently developing Taiping Island into an international rescue center.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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