Chinese sand dredger capsizes in Taiwan Strait, 4 rescued, 1 dead, 3 missing

Five people were plucked from the water, but one was later declared dead, and three more are missing after a Chinese sand dredger capsized around 60 nautical miles southwest of Qimei Island this morning, May 15.

Taiwan Coast Guard Administration (TCGA) dispatched several patrol boats, and the National Airborne Service Corps sent a helicopter after a notification from the the National Rescue Command Center at 4:36 am.

The rescued crew members were flown to the Chiayi Airport where they were met by Fire Department personnel wearing personal protective equipment, and taken for medical examination and quarantine.

The rescued crew members said that the ship had an original crew of eight, and a search is still being conducted for three missing crew members.

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