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 (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.

Missing rescue worker found with no signs of life rushed to hospital
Rescue worker swept away while crossing Shoufeng River was found with no signs of life and rushed to hospital by ambulance. Photo: Hualian Fire Bureau via UDN.
Taiwan English News is an independent publication with no corporate funding or support. If you like what you have just read, please show your support by liking or following on Facebook or Twitter, or subscribing to Taiwan English News to receive the latest news via email. Advertising queries are welcome. Share, like, or comment below.

Comment and discuss this story

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.