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CGA sends ship to rescue Taiwanese fishing boat

TAIPEI--Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration yesterday launched a rescue mission after being alerted by Japan's coast guard that a Taiwanese fishing boat was drifting off the coast of Okinawa without any of its crew members.

The CGA said it received notification from the Japan Coast Guard at around noon that the fishing boat had caught fire about 35 nautical miles northeast of Miyako Island, southwest of the main island of Okinawa.

No traces of any crew members were found aboard the ship when the Japan Coast Guard arrived at the scene, the Japanese agency said.

The CGA said the ship it has dispatched is expected to arrive at the scene of incident at around 8 a.m. Sunday.

The fishing boat, the Cheng Tsai Li, departed from Suao in Yilan County on Dec. 14 with two Taiwanese crew members and three Indonesian fishermen.

The father of the ship's skipper Sun Kuo-lung confirmed in Kaohsiung that his son and son's cousin, Huang Chin-fa, are the two Taiwanese crew members.

The elder Sun said the ship is a tuna catching ship of around five years old, with each trip out at sea lasting about three weeks.

The Kaohsiung City Marine Bureau said it was ready to provide assistance to family members of the crew members.

According to the Chinese-language website of Japan's Kyoto News earlier Saturday, the ship was detected at around 12:30 p.m.

A fire might have broken out on the ship, the report said. Part of the hull was destroyed, and the ship was tilting toward one side after taking in water.

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