Survivor Found in Overturned Fishing Boat

[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.

fisherman rescued after being trapped in hull 38 hours
Chinese fisherman Lin Mo-fu is seen shortly after being pulled out of the hull of an overturned fishing vessel. Picture: United Daily News
The overturned fishing vessel Jinrui yi number 88 is seen after drifting aground at Shimen in New Taipei City
The overturned fishing vessel Jinrui yi number 88 is seen after drifting aground at Shimen in New Taipei City. Photo: United Daily News
backhoes flip an overturned vessel up after it drifted aground on the coast of New Taipei City
The body of 吳聰德, captain of the fishing vessel Jinrui-yi was found after backhoes flipped the overturned fishing boat at low tide, Sunday, December 12, 2016. Photo: United Daily News.
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