Damaged fishing boat rescued, 15 crew members missing


08-July-2013

The Taiwanese boat, registered in Singapore, was pulled in by Chun-Ying 777, another boat from the same company which was contacted on June 21 to find Chun-Ying after their base had lost contact with it.

From a total of 31 crew members including the captain, only 14 of them were found alive and rescued from a rescue life raft. Two burnt bodies were later discovered on another, this time partly damaged rescue life raft while 15 others are reported missing.

The first crew members to be found by Chun-Ying 777 were the fourteen who had drifted into Seychelles waters and that was on June 25.  The two burnt bodies were found on June 28, while no one seems to know what happened to the other fifteen crew members, including the captain.

According to certain crew members, the chief officer locked himself in a cabin and set fire to it, a fire which quickly got out of control. At that point, the captain ordered his crew to abandon ship.

Chun-Ying 777 reached Port Victoria on Friday at around 9am with the damaged Chun-Ying.
The police are investigating this reported incident.

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