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Rescuers search for missing after Taiwan boat crash kills five

21 September 2015, 10:37

Taipei - Rescuers are searching for four missing fishermen after a Taiwanese boat collided with a huge cargo ship and capsized off the island's north coast, killing five, officials said Monday.

The bodies of the Taiwanese skipper, three Chinese and one Indonesian crew members have already been recovered after the collision on Friday, and authorities have launched an investigation.

A coastguard spokesman said Monday that rescuers were still searching for three more Indonesian and one Chinese crew listed as missing from the fishing boat.

Also read: Death toll from boat tragedy in Malaysia rises to 61

The 48-tonne Shih Hui 31 was sailing off Chuwei, a port near Taoyuan city, early Friday when it collided with the 8,000-tonne cargo ship carrying gravel, authorities said.

Authorities have launched an investigation. The cargo ship's Taiwanese second officer Tseng Teh-rong and a Filipino sailor on duty at the time of the crash have have been interrogated and were released on bail Saturday.

"The duo were considered suspects after an initial investigation," Wang Yi-wen, spokesman for the Prosecutors' Office in the northern Taoyuan city, told AFP.

But he would not give further details, saying only that their testimony would be doublechecked against evidence on the boat such as radar-mapping data.



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