Missing hiker rescued after 10 days with no food, and immobile due to injury

A man who went missing after being separated from a hiking group on June 6 was found alive, but injured yesterday June 16. Yang Xin-zheng ( 楊欣正 ), 52, became separated from a 15-person group of colleagues while hiking on Pengji Mountain in Pingtung County June 6. Pingtung County Fire Bureau mounted a large scale search for Yang, a hospital deputy administrative director, on the evening of the same day. Search efforts were hampered by steep terrain and constant rain.

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Hiker rescued after 10-day search

A man reported missing after failing to return from a hike November 10 was rescued after meeting a search party at a remote location in Pingtung County this morning, November 20. Song Rui-xiong, 60, was reported missing by his family on November 11, after he failed to return from a 1 day hike to the top of Pingding Mountain in Pingtung County. Search and rescue personnel located Song’s car at the trail head and began a ground and air search

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“Ghost ship” brought into port after drifting for three days

A 7,000-tonne freighter was towed to the Port of Kaohsiung today, after being abandoned by its crew northwest of Taiwan three days ago, and continuing under power, before drifting into the Taiwan Strait. At around 5:00am, Thursday, September 19, the National Search and Rescue Command Center received a distress call from the vessel Ji Shun, located around 50 nautical miles northwest of Cape Fugui. The captain informed the rescue center that he and his crew were preparing to abandon ship

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Man Dies During Solo Night Dive on North Coast

The body of a man was found around 200 meters from shore this morning, after he went missing while scuba diving from the shore last night in Keelung City. Mr Wu, 51, entered the water at around 7:00pm outside National Taiwan Ocean University while his wife waited on shore. As time passed, and other divers all exited the water, Ms Wu became anxious. At around 10:00pm anglers fishing at the spot urged Ms Wu to call the coastguard. The Coastguard

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Woman Survives Typhoon Night After Slipping Down Seaside Slope

A woman in Hualien County spent the night precariously perched above the ocean after slipping 50 meters down a slope while Typhoon Maria swept over the island from yesterday to the early hours of this morning. Ms Lee, 56, a taxi driver from New Taipei City, was heading home from Hualien on the Suhua Highway sometime after 5:00pm when she stopped to take pictures from the roadside. While taking pictures, Ms Lee accidentally dropped her handbag, climbed over the guardrail

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Three Survive Crash-landing in Ocean

Three occupants of a light aircraft were rescued after the pilot put the plane down in the ocean off the coast of Kaohsiung City this evening, July 9. The Diamond Aircraft Industries 4-seat, single-engine DA40 aircraft belonging to Apex Flight Academy disappeared from radar screens southwest of Kaohsiung International Airport after sending a mayday message at around 5:10pm. The National Search and Rescue Command Center reported that two people had been airlifted out of the water by helicopter, while a

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Crashed F-16 Flight Data Recorder Recovered after Month-long Search

New Taipei City Firefighters today located and recovered the flight data recorder of an F-16 fighter that crashed in a mountainous district near Keelung during annual military exercises, June 4. Fire Bureau search and rescue personnel have been searching the steep terrain of the crash site for more than one month in an attempt to recover the data recorder after the aircraft crashed into a mountainside, killing pilot Major Wu Yan-ting (吳彥霆), during a simulated stealth attack on the Port

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Man and Dog Survive 7 Days Lost in the Mountains

A mountain search and rescue team located a hiker who had been lost for 7 days in the mountainous Jianshi Township district of Hsinchu County last Friday. For the last 5 days, the man had survived by rationing peanuts to himself and the dog. Mr Chiu had departed Hsinchu City on May 5th to climb a mountain, but lost his way on the 6th, and used his phone to call for help. By the second day, Chiu had used up

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Firefighters Farewell Four-legged Colleague

Firefighters from Taipei City Urban Search and Rescue Team held a funeral service for retired search and rescue dog Bailey, yesterday, May 7, after the black Labrador passed away April 26. Bailey was born in 2004, and joined the rescue team in 2006. Bailey obtained Advanced Dog Certification, and International Search and Rescue Dog Organization (IRO) RH-TB Certification in 2010 and was involved in search and rescue operations during earthquake, typhoon, and mountain disasters. Colleagues nicknamed Bailey “Black-water Boomerang,” for

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Missing Rescue Helicopter Salvaged: Remains of 2 People Recovered

A helicopter that went missing 2 months ago was finally recovered from the seabed today, April 12. The remains of two out of 6 passengers and crew were found in the fuselage. The Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk, belonging to the National Airborne Services Corps, was on an emergency medical evac mission when it lost radio contact, and disappeared from radar screens at around 11:50pm, Monday evening, February 5, shortly after taking off from Orchid Island. Three flight crew, an emergency

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Family Offers NT$500, 000 Reward to Find Missing Hiker Alive

Relatives and friends of a man missing in the Central Mountain Range have offered NT$500, 000 to anyone who finds the man alive, and NT$200, 000 if his body is located. Lee Chaoyuan, 61, set off on a solo hike from Kaohsiung on March 23. Lee’s challenge was to traverse the length of the Central Mountain Range. Lee successfully completed the southern section on April 1, which was the last contact Lee made with his family. The experienced hiker was

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