Taiwanese cargo ship Xin Fa Er Hao is missing in Taiwan Strait after being caught in adverse weather. The small general cargo vessel with 6 crew on board left Taipei, but disappeared shortly after entering in the strait. The local authorities lost communication with the crew and initiated search and rescue operation. An empty life raft from the freighter Xin Fa Er Hao was found in the vicinity of the last known position, but there were no people on it. The large scale SAR continue, but the bad weather seriously hampered the research of the area.
The investigation for the root cause of the accident is under way. The vessel left Taipei with general cargo on board and 6 crew – 5 Taiwanese and 1 Indonesian nationalities. According to preliminary information and local coordination center, at the area of the accident there was a storm, which might be the reason of missing of the vessel.
Taiwanese cargo ship Xin Fa Er Hao is small coastal freighter without international registration.
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