Sat, Oct 11, 2014 - Page 1 News List

Research vessel flounders off Penghu

By Huang Chien-hua, Liu Yu-ching and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporters, with staff writer

This is an undated of Ocean Researcher V.

Photo: Taipei Times

Ocean Researcher V, the nation’s largest maritime research vessel, was involved in an accident at sea near Penghu County’s Longmen District (龍門) yesterday evening.

Approximately three-quarters of the ship was under water at 8pm, and, at press time last night, 37 people out of the 45 onboard the vessel had been accounted for.

The Coast Guard Administration said it had requested air support for a search and rescue mission.

It first attempted to rescue personnel in the water using suspended cradles, but wind fouled the rescuers’ efforts.

Ocean Researcher V is the property of the Ministry of Science and Technology, which loans it to approved research laboratories.

Entirely homemade, the 2,700-tonne vessel is 72.6m in length, 15.4m wide and can travel at 12 knots per hour (22kph).

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