Oct 05, 2016 UncategorizedComments Off on Dutch sailboat rescued by Taiwan’s coast guard
A Netherlands-registered sailboat ran into trouble and was rescued this week by Taiwan's coast guard in waters near Dongsha Island, the largest of the Dongsha Islands (Pratas Islands) in the South China Sea.
The vessel was able to continue on its journey to Hong Kong after receiving assistance with repairs from Taiwanese coast guard units stationed on the island.
The Dongsha Command Post of the Southern Coastal Patrol Office under the Coast Guard Administration said on Wednesday in a press release that units under its command noticed an unidentified object in waters about 7.4 nautical miles southwest of Dongsha Island on Oct. 2 and a speed boat sent to investigate observed water entering the cabin of the sailing ship "HUIA."
The Dongsha Command Post then escorted the damaged Dutch sailboat to the harbor on Dongsha Island, lending its crew members tools and materials to repair the ship and offering them medical checks ups, the statement said.
The Dutch ship departed Houbihu fishing port in Pingtung County, southern Taiwan on Sept. 29, bound for Hong Kong with a crew of four, including three male Argentine nationals and a female Taiwanese, the Dongsha Command Post said.