Res­cued crew re­turned to com­pany

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By SHI XIAOFENG and LIU JING

Twenty-one crew mem­bers of a Tai­wan fish­ing boat, res­cued by two fish­ing ves­sels from the Chi­nese main­land on the high seas off Peru, were re­turned to their com­pany on Wednesday.

One per­son re­mains miss­ing.

The Nianni 588 squid-jig­ging boat, owned by Tai­wan’s Longda Fish­ery Co, had 22 crew on­board when a fire started sud­denly in the en­gine room on Fri­day.

The speed of the fire meant the crew could not send out dis­tress sig­nals, lower the life raft or put on life vests. They jumped into the sea, grab­bing a few floats and wait­ing for longer than two hours un­til they were spot­ted by a pass­ing ship, ac­cord­ing to the res­cued fish­er­men.

Shi Si­hong, cap­tain of the Mingx­ing, a ship be­long­ing to a branch of CNFC Over­seas Fish­eries Co in Zhoushan, Zhe­jiang prov­ince, said it was about 10 pm on Fri­day when he spot­ted red smoke about 5.8 nau­ti­cal miles in front of his ship.

He re­al­ized that the un­usual smoke and light might be caused by a boat fire, and promptly steered his ship to­ward the Nianni 588.

Af­ter con­firm­ing it was an emer­gency, Shi con­tacted an­other nearby fish­ing boat from the Chi­nese main­land, the Liaoyu No 1, for help.

The Mingx­ing searched the area for sev­eral hours, but failed to find a miss­ing Viet­namese fish­er­man.

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