Navy sailor jumps ship off northern Taiwan, swims to shore

Military police are questioning a Taiwanese navy sailor after he jumped off his ship as it left the Port of Keelung last night, and swam to shore. Keelung Port police received a report from a security guard at Taiwan Ship Building Company on Heping Island at around 1:30 am this morning, June 17, saying that an unidentified man was seeking help after landing on shore wearing a life jacket. Police and ambulance personnel took the man to hospital for a

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Taiwan railway employee YouTuber accused of poor service attitude

Taiwan Railways Corporation has issued two warnings to a deputy station master after he was accused of “poor service attitude” towards customers, including posting videos of railway passengers breaching regulations, and responding to online criticism by pointing a BB gun at the camera. The Deputy Station Master of Chaozhou Train Station in Pingtung County, named Chiu, first came to public attention when he began uploading videos of passengers breaching regulations on his personal YouTube channel. Members of the public who

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Three dead after charging battery causes residential fire in New Taipei City

Three people died after a lithium-ion battery caught fire and exploded while charging, setting fire to a residence in New Taipei City’s Tucheng District early this morning, June 13. New Taipei City Fire Department received reports of a fire on the fourth floor of a 7-storey residential building in a lane on Yanshou Road at 3:32 am. NTCFD dispatched 50 vehicles and 136 personnel to deal with the fire. Firefighters cut iron bars on a balcony to rescue a man

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Cargo ship explosion and fire injures 3: crew abandons ship in south Taiwan waters

Three injured crew members were airlifted from a burning cargo ship after an explosion, and the rest of the crew abandoned ship in waters south of Taiwan earlier today, June 12. According to reports, an explosion occurred on the Taiwanese-flagged general cargo ship HUI FENG around 17 nautical miles offshore of the south embankment of the Port of Kaohsiung at around 8:00 am. Among the crew of 12, three people were injured, two seriously. The two seriously injured crew members

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Chinese man arrives in Taipei on a speedboat, sparking security concerns

An investigation has been launched into the possible dereliction of duty of coast guard and naval personnel after a Chinese man in a speedboat breached an “Iron Defense Triangle,” and landed at the mouth of the river that leads to the nation’s capital. According to reports, coast guard officers arrested a Chinese national at Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf following reports that a speedboat had collided with a ferry as it was berthing at around 11:00 am, yesterday, June 9. Taiwan’s National

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Oil tanker damaged after hitting Kaohsiung Harbor breakwater

An oil tanker was forced to return to Kaohsiung Harbor for repairs after hitting an offshore breakwater while attempting to depart, Saturday, June 8. The Kaohsiung Port office of Taiwan International Ports Corporation said that the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) oil tanker, TONG YUN, departed Kaohsiung Second Harbor at 1:10 pm, but collided with the offshore embankment while exiting the port. The starboard side of the ship sustained serious damage, and the concrete breakwater was also damaged. A preliminary

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5 foreigners charged after brawl erupts in Kaohsiung City convenience store

Five men were sent to the district prosecutor to face charges of assault, and one also faces a charge of sexual assault, following a drunken brawl in a convenience store apparently triggered when one of the men touched a Taiwanese woman. According to media reports today, June 9, two British men, aged 24 and 26, a 28-year-old German man, two Moroccan men, aged 29 and 32, and a 21-year-old Taiwanese woman went to a convenience store to chat after leaving

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Tesla breaks in half, catches fire after plunging off freeway bridge

One man died, and another was injured, after the driver of a Tesla lost control of his vehicle, smashed through a guardrail, and plunged 6.5 meters off a bridge in Yunlin County, yesterday, June 6. Yunlin County Fire Department received reports of an accident in the southbound lanes of Highway 1 in Huwei Township at 9:12 pm. Firefighters arrived at the scene of the accident to find the white tesla broken into two pieces, with the front section on fire.

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Hillside collapses onto highway in northern Taiwan: 2 minor injuries

Two people were rescued and sent to hospital after a hillside collapsed onto the coastal highway at a popular scenic spot in Keelung City today, Monday, June 3. According to reports, the landslide occurred at 2:28 pm at the corner of Zhongzheng Road (Highway 2) and Chaojing Park Road. Boulders, rocks, and soil completely covered the highway and a carpark on the opposite side. Two people were rescued from one of the parked cars and sent to Chang Gung Memorial

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Elevated railway project faces delays after historic train turntable discovered in southern Taiwan

Chiayi City’s elevated railway project was originally due to be completed by the end of 2025, but will likely face delays after a committee voted to preserve in situ a 116-year-old train turntable. The Japanese colonial era railway turntable was discovered while excavating the basement of the new Chiayi Railway Station in December 2023. A survey and study of the remnants by the Cultural Resources Review Committee determined that the turntable was built in 1908, and constituted a tangible cultural

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High school athlete in hospital after bravely rescuing elderly man from burning house

A high school student is recuperating in hospital after running into a burning building multiple times to rescue the elderly occupant in Toufen City, Miaoli County, yesterday, May 29. The second-year high school student, named Lin, was out to get breakfast when he noticed thick smoke pouring out of a house at around 4:30 am. Lin informed a convenience store clerk to call the fire department before responding to banging sounds coming from inside the house. Lin entered the house

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