Missing Taiwanese fishing boat located, but no signs of crew

Taipei,  A commercial Taiwanese fishing boat that went missing last week in the middle of the Pacific has been located but there were no signs of its crew, the Su’ao Fishermen’s Association said Monday.

Association head Tsai Yuan-lung (蔡源龍) told CNA the National Rescue Command Center was informed of the missing vessel — the Su’ao-registered Yong Yu Sing No. 18 (永裕興18號) — after its owner reported on Jan. 1 that he lost contact with the captain on Dec. 30.

The center sought assistance from U.S. authorities, and an American fixed-wing search and rescue aircraft found the missing boat some 606 nautical miles northeast of Midway Atoll on Jan. 2, Tsai said.

Observers on the plane noticed that the windows of the captain’s cabin were smashed open, raising the possibility that the communications equipment onboard may have been damaged in the process.

The boat appeared to be drifting, suggesting that it had lost power, he said.

According to the association head, there were no signs of the Taiwanese captain and his nine Indonesian crewmen.

When the boat’s owner lost contact with the Yong Yu Sing No. 18, it was reported to be some 527 nautical miles northeast of Midway Atoll.

No distress calls were received from the boat before its disappearance, according to the association.

The website of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), of which Taiwan is a member, describes the Yong Yu Sing as a 99-ton tuna longliner.


Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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