Sunday, Apr 20, 2014Sunday, Apr 20, 2014
 

Sailor survives shark attack, four others missing after Taiwan boat caught fire

Published on Jan 5, 2014 5:21 PM
PRINT EMAIL
 

TAIPEI (AFP) - An Indonesian sailor has been rescued despite suffering a shark attack but four other crewmen are missing after their Taiwanese fishing boat apparently caught fire in the East China Sea, officials said on Sunday.

Taiwan's coastguard said they were informed by their Japanese counterparts Saturday noon that the 26-tonne "Cheng Tsai Li" was drifting 35 nautical miles (65 km) northeast of Miyako-jima, an island in Japan's Okinawa prefecture.

An Indonesian sailor aboard the fishing vessel was rescued by another Taiwanese fishing boat, the Taiwan coastguard said.

"He was injured, suffering from shark bites," coastguard spokesman Hsieh Ching-chin told AFP. No details of the attack or the man's injuries were available.

 
If you are not a subscriber, you can get instant, unlimited access here