For­eign­ers res­cued af­ter wa­ter scooter mal­func­tion in the sea

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Due to a wa­ter scooter mal­func­tion, two for­eign­ers were stranded for hours yesterday in the sea be­fore be­ing res­cued by Yi­lan County Coast Guard.

Coast guards in Suao Town­ship ( ) said that two Cana­dian men rented a wa­ter scooter at around 4 p.m. They left the coast off Nanao Town­ship ( ) but were un­able to re­turn af­ter the ve­hi­cle mal­func­tioned.

The two men said they con­tin­u­ally at­tempted to call 119 for emer­gency as­sis­tance soon af­ter the ve­hi­cle broke down. Due to the un­sta­ble mo­bile phone sig­nal, they could not re­port their sit­u­a­tion un­til around 10 p.m.

Ac­cord­ing to Coast Guard per­son­nel, res­cue boats were sent to find the men im­me­di­ately af­ter they re­ceived the call. They si­mul­ta­ne­ously reached out to the cell phone provider to ob­tain the call’s orig­i­nat­ing lo­ca­tion.

At 3:25 a.m, the men were found 35 miles from the Su-ao Har­bor (

). They dis­played no signs of ma­jor in­juries af­ter they re­ceived med­i­cal care ashore.

“While we were float­ing on the sea, our minds were com­pletely blank. All we could think of was be­ing res­cued as soon as pos­si­ble,” said one of the res­cued men.

The men said that be­fore their res­cue, they tried wav­ing at boats that were ap­proach­ing them.

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