Wed, Jun 23, 2004 - Page 4 News List

Heroic teacher drowned trying to save students

CNA , Keelung

A National Taiwan University (NTU) professor drowned yesterday in waters off Fulung Beach in northern Taiwan after attempting to rescue six students who were swept out to sea, a spokesman for the Northeast Coast National Scenic Area Administration (NCNSAA) under the Tourism Bureau said. The six students were rescued.

Shih Shun-cheng (施舜晟), 41, showed no signs of life when he was rushed to Keelung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital. Although doctors administered emergency treatment on Shih, they were unable to save him.

Shih, an instructor at the NTU's Department of Theater, led 21 other faculty members and students from the department to Fulung Beach in Taipei County's Kungliao township Monday for an overnight camping trip to mark the Dragon Boat Festival.

Several students got up early in the morning yesterday and went swimming near the shore. Two of them were swept out to sea by high waves. Learning of the situation, Shih jumped into the water in an effort to rescue the students. When rescue workers from the fire department managed to reach Shih, the NCNSAA spokesman said, he had already stopped breathing.

A total of six students were swept out to sea by rough waves, but they were all rescued. They were discharged from the hospital after receiving treatment. The students reportedly broke down in tears after learning of the death of their teacher.

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