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POSTED | 10:10 AM | 08-03-2015

Taiwan ship with 49 crew missing in South Atlantic

A Taiwanese ship carrying 49 crew has vanished in the remote South Atlantic Ocean without any sign of a mayday call but shortly after its skipper reported it was taking on water, authorities said Sunday (8 March 2015).

The “Hsiang Fu Chun”, a 700-ton squid fishing vessel, lost contact with its owners “soon” after reporting that water was leaking on to the deck at around 3:00 am on Feb 26, officials said.

The vessel was sailing about 1,700 nautical miles (3,148 kilometers) off the Falkland Islands when it vanished, according to recorded satellite data.

Its crew include a Taiwanese skipper and chief engineer, as well as 11 Chinese, 21 Indonesian, 13 Filipino and two Vietnamese sailors. 

Taiwan has launched a search effort, and is appealing for assistance from Argentina and Britain as well as other ships in the area.

“We still don’t know where the ship is and what happened to it,” Huang Hong-yen, spokesman for the Fisheries Agency, told the Agence France Presse, adding that the government had launched a search-and-rescue effort “immediately” after the ship’s owners said it had lost contact.

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