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 (孫宏新), a member of the Taiwan Rock Rescue Association, fell into the fast-flowing Shoufeng River and went missing.
Intercept points have been set up downstream by more than 10 firefighting units dispatched by Hualien Fire Bureau.
A helicopter crew reported seeing a yellow backpack about 1 kilometer from where Sun went missing.
Update 13:07: Sun was found 2 kilometers downstream with no breathing or heartbeat and has been rushed to hospital.