Air force F-16V fighter reported to have crashed at sea

An ROC Air Force F-16V fighter aircraft crashed into the sea off the coast of Chiayi County, according reports this afternoon, Tuesday, January 11. The single-seat F-16V No.6650 was conducting air-to-ground bombing training when it crashed into the sear near Dongshi Township at 3:23 pm. Coast Guard vessels and two military helicopters were immediately dispatched to search for the 28-year-old pilot, Captain Chen Yi. Air Force Command stated in a press release this afternoon that the fighter jet No. 6650

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Strange car formation spotted in Chiayi County

A bizarre car accident saw two cars form an inverted V shape after a collision in Chiayi County this morning, January 6. According to reports, a driver parked his car on the side of the narrow rural road in Shanzhong Village shortly after 8:00 am. While the man was picking rapeseed in the adjacent field, the driver of another car rear-ended the parked vehicle. The impact pushed the parked car against a utility pole, and both vehicles were left with

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18-year-old student drops dead in university pool hall: family suspects COVID shot

An 18-year-old man in good health and physical condition suddenly collapsed and died while playing pool at a university billiards club in southern Taiwan yesterday, and the man’s family suspects his death may be related to a COVID-19 vaccine. According to reports, the student of Nanhua University was in the middle of a game of pool at a billiards club at National Chung Cheng University when he suddenly collapsed at around 7:30 pm, yesterday, November 29. Witnesses at the pool

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7 injured in freeway accident: just one of more than 5.5k incidents of “not paying attention” so far this year

Seven people were sent to hospital after a car slammed into the back of a broken down vehicle on the Zhongshan Freeway this morning, and it was just one of more than 5,500 cases of “failing to pay attention to traffic conditions in front of the vehicle” so far this year, the National Highway Police Bureau said. The Chiayi County Fire Department dispatched a total of six vehicles, including four ambulances after receiving reports of the accident at 12:28 am

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Two-headed snake caught on school campus

A two-headed wolf snake was found by students at an elementary school in Chiayi County this morning, and it was sent to a research center for study despite a possible market value of up to a million Taiwan dollars. The Chiayi County Department of Agriculture dispatched a snake catcher to the school after receiving a report from school administrators. Students found the tiny snake while on cleaning duties at around 7:30 am on campus of Dayou Elementary School in rural

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Fishermen net giant sunfish off west coast

Fishermen from Chiayi County accidentally caught a rare ocean sunfish off the coast of Dongshi Township, and it was displayed and auctioned at the Dongshi Fish Market this morning. The fish weighed in at 180 kilograms and fetched NT$20,000 at auction. Seafood merchants noted that the fish is popular among seafood gourmets, with its intestines – known as “dragon intestines, being the most valued part. Wu Chunyu of the Chiayi District Fisheries Association pointed out that sunfish often appear in

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Body of graduate student found in flooded pavilion at scenic reservoir

The body of a young man who went missing at Zengwen Reservoir in Chiayi County yesterday was found stuck in a flooded pavilion this afternoon, Thursday, August 12. The post-graduate student from National Cheng Kung University in Tainan City, named Lin, visited Zengwen Reservoir Scenic Area with a friend yesterday afternoon, August 11. Lin went missing while trying to retrieve a phone he had accidentally dropped in the water at around 4:00 pm, according to reports. Chiayi County Fire Department

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Crew rescued from grounded freighter: weather and sea conditions hamper salvage operations

A crew of 9 were lifted off a ship by crane after the vessel ran aground at Budai Port in Chiayi County yesterday, August 5. The crew lost control of the freighter Shanbao II, en route from Penghu Islands to Budai Port, when the rudder broke in heavy seas generated by tropical storm Lupit. The ship drifted into wave breaking blocks near the entrance to the port at around 3:00 pm Thursday afternoon. A rescue team employed a crane and

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Bail denied for soldier who shot ex-girlfriend dead in Chiayi County

The Chiayi District Prosecutor’s Office has ruled that a man who shot a woman dead in the street in front of her family’s home yesterday, June 16, shall be kept in detention while the case remains under investigation. According to the police investigation, the 23-year-old active-duty soldier, named Liang, took a bus from Taipei to Chiayi County’s rural Shuishang Township yesterday in an attempt to reconcile with a 22-year-old woman named Wang. Arriving at around 5:00 pm, Liang called on

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Fireworks factory explosion leaves Filipino man critically injured

A Philippines national is fighting for his life in hospital after an explosion and fire at a fireworks factory in Chiayi County this afternoon, Sunday, June 6. The Chiayi County Fire Department received reports of an explosion and fire at the Yongfeng Pyrotechnic Factory in Dongshi Township at around 2:20 pm. Because the fire was located in a pyrotechnics factory, the fire department spared no precautions, and dispatched eleven vehicles and a large number of personnel to the scene from

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Wildfire, rockfalls block highway 18 in Chiayi County

The Chiayi Forest Management Office has advised the public to avoid highway 18 and use the alternative route 21 due to a wildfire and rockfalls that have blocked the road between the 68 and 69 kilometer mark. Firefighters have been fighting a difficult battle with a blaze in steep terrain below the road since yesterday afternoon, March 18. Fire fighting crews were dispatched from several local fire stations at around 2:00 pm yesterday. A National Airborne Service helicopter was also

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