Taiwanese fishing boats to join search for missing flight MH370
March 18, 2014, 12:10 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwanese deep sea fishing boats in the Indian Ocean have taken the initiative to join the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the Fishery Agency said yesterday.
Jack Huang, chairman of the National Fishermen's Association, has urged nearby vessels over radio broadcasts to help, asking them tomake immediate reports if any leads are found, the agency said.
According to the agency, Huang said that 400-500 deep sea fishingboats from Taiwan are operating in the Indian Ocean, where many speculate the missing plane may have crashed.
The ships will assist in any possible rescue missions, Huang was quoted by the agency as saying. He added that there are even more fishing boats passing through the region on their way to the Atlantic.
Taiwan had mobilized Navy and coast guard ships and a transport plane to comb the South China Sea for MH370, which disappeared March 8, though the search in the area was called off after Malaysian authorities said they no longer believe the plane will be found there.