5 bod­ies found after Tai­wan bridge col­lapse

The Korea Times - - WORLD -

TAIPEI (AP) — Searchers in Tai­wan have re­cov­ered five bod­ies and are look­ing for one more per­son miss­ing from three fish­ing boats that were struck when a bridge col­lapsed into the wa­ter be­low, au­thor­i­ties said Wed­nes­day.

The Na­tional Fire Agency said two of the dead were In­done­sian and an­other was Filipino. The iden­ti­ties of the other two dead have not yet been de­ter­mined.

Tai­wan’s mil­i­tary de­ployed a float­ing plat­form to help work­ers re­move de­bris and try to ex­tract two of the boats from un­der col­lapsed sec­tions of the bridge. The third boat was re­cov­ered the pre­vi­ous day. All the vic­tims are be­lieved to be fish­ing boat work­ers.

The 140-me­ter (460-foot) —long arched bridge col­lapsed Tues­day into a bay on Tai­wan’s east coast, about 60 kilo­me­ters (40 miles) south­east of Taipei, the cap­i­tal. A ty­phoon swept by the is­land ear­lier, but the weather was sunny when the bridge col­lapsed, and it wasn’t clear if the storm was a fac­tor.

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