[Picture: United Daily News]
A fisherman was rescued after surviving 38 hours in the overturned hull of a fishing vessel Sunday morning, December 11. The body of the captain was recovered later the same day.
Jinrui Yi No. 88, with a crew of 8, sailed out of Keelung Harbor December 7 to fish for shrimp off the coast of Hsinchu County. The vessel overturned in big waves while rounding Cape Fukuei on its way back to port, Friday evening December 9.
On Saturday evening, the overturned vessel drifted aground at Shimen, on the coast of New Taipei City. On Sunday morning, rescuers cut into the hull after hearing a response from the inside of the boat. The rescue team pulled a Chinese nationality fisherman out of the wreck.
At low tide later the same day, backhoes were used to right the vessel, after which the Taiwanese captain was found dead in the engine compartment. Six crew members remain missing.
The survivor, Mr Lin, told TV news reporters that the other crew members were asleep when two big waves suddenly hit the vessel and caused it to capsize.