Missing Hiker Rescued After 37 Day Ordeal

A hiker who made cellphone contact with rescuers 6 days ago after being missing 31 days, was finally rescued from a remote mountain ridge in Hualian County this morning. He had been without food for 8 days. See previous article: Hiker Makes Contact After 31 Days Missing The 29 year old hiker, Lee Minghan (李明翰) set off on a cross-island solo hike May 13. Lee’s last contact with his family by phone was made on May 15. On May 20,

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Rescue Team to Take 5 Days to Reach Hiker

A ground rescue team set out on foot this morning in an attempt to reach a hiker stranded on a ridge in Taiwan’s Central Mountain Range. It is expected they will take 5 days to reach the man. Mr Lee, 29, went missing after setting out on a hike May 13 [see previous article], but managed to make contact with rescue services by cellphone yesterday after crawling to the top of a 2,400 meter high ridge. Lee said that had

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Hiker Makes Contact After 31 Days Missing

Updated 15:32 June 14 A man who set out on a planned 15 day cross-island hike May 13 made contact by cellphone this morning. Although unable to specify his exact location, he identified a ridge north of Dagui Mountain. Rescuers are using the phone signal to attempt to pinpoint his position. The 29 year-old New Taipei City resident surnamed Lee departed from Nantou May 13, expecting to reach Hualian May 28. His last phone contact was May 15. Lee’s family

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Documentary Maker Dies in Helicopter Crash

Award winning documentary maker Chi Po-lin (齊柏林) was killed along with a production-assistant and the pilot, when a helicopter crashed in Hualian County this morning. Chi was known for his documentary “Beyond Beauty-Taiwan From Above,” which won Best Documentary Award at the 2013 Golden Horse Awards, and grossed NT$220 million (US$7.3 million) at the box office, making it the highest-grossing documentary in Taiwan history. On Thursday, the 52 year-old filmmaker had announced that he was working on a sequel to

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New Taipei City Gas Explosion: 12 Injured

A gas explosion in a commercial kitchen in New Taipei City’s Wugu District destroyed equipment and vehicles, and left 12 injured this morning, June 7, 2017. Witnesses reported hearing an ‘ear-splitting’ explosion at around 11:00am from the building which houses a commercial kitchen. Panicked workers rushed out of the building which was extensively damaged. Several vehicles were also badly damaged, including a truck, a van, a sedan, and many motorcycles. On receiving a report of the massive blast, New Taipei

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Airplane Crashes After Landing on Orchid Island

Five people suffered light injuries when a Daily Air commuter flight skidded off the runway and crashed into a fence, after landing at Orchid Island’s Lanyu Airport this afternoon, April 13. Crosswinds are believed to have contributed to the incident, but the exact cause is under investigation. Liberty Times Network reports that four people refused hospital treatment after suffering abrasions, while a fifth was taken to a clinic suffering a foot injury. The aircraft is one of 4 DHC6-400s owned

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Taiwan Commerce Group Involved in Fatal Bus Accident in Australia

One person was killed and 1 seriously injured after a bus carrying members of World Taiwanese Chambers of Commerce (WTCC), rolled over on Australia’s Great Ocean Road, in the state of Victoria at around 5:15pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (7:15pm, Taipei). Liberty Times Network reports that the bus was carrying 28 members of the of the WTCC from many different countries. The passengers were on a 3 day tour after finishing a conference of the WTCC in Melbourne. The Liberty

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Search and Rescue Member Swept Away and Missing

Search and Rescue workers are searching for a fellow team member who slipped and fell into a stream on the morning of the fifth day searching for a firefighter who went missing while hiking in Hualien County. Cold, wet weather, and heavy mist, along with precipitous terrain has hampered search parties, who began searching for Li Yin-xun (李盈勳) on March 3. Li went missing March 1, and was reported missing the following day. This morning, Wednesday, March 8, Sun Hong-xin

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Search for Missing Firefighter Enters 4th Day

Soldiers from Army Aviation and Special Forces Command joined the search for Taipei firefighter Li Ying-xun (李盈勳) this morning as the search entered its fourth day. Li went missing while hiking with 2 Taipei City Fire Department colleagues in a remote mountain district in Hualien County March 1. The hikers had set out on February 28 and camped at an altitude of 580 meters. On the second day the group made camp at 1050m. At around 4:00pm Li went to

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Canadian Dies in Motorcycle Accident: Czech Passenger Injured

[Picture: Liberty Times Network] A Canadian man was pronounced dead at Saint Mark’s Hospital, February 24, after a scooter accident in Chuchi(Jhuci) township, Chiayi County. A female Czech national passenger was injured, but conscious, after the motorcycle left the road and plunged into a rice paddy. According to United Daily News, the deceased was identified as a 23 year-old student attending National Chiao Tung University in Hsinchu, with the Chinese name 杜蘭佛. The 20 year-old passenger suffered cuts and bruises

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“Father of Pinyin” Dies at 111

The man credited with creating the system used to write the Chinese language using the Latin alphabet passed away today, January 14, just one day after his 111th birthday. Zhou Youguang (周有光) was born January 13, 1906, and was 112 years-old according to the Chinese method of counting a person’s age. In 1955, Zhou was appointed head of a committee to develop a romanization system to render the sounds of the Chinese language using the Latin alphabet. The system the

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