Foreigners rescued after water scooter malfunction in the sea
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.