Ship sail

Coastguard appeal after ship ran aground off south west coast

  • By Hung Chen-hung and Liu Tzu-hsuan/staff reporter, with a staff writer

A cruise ship lost power 2.5 nautical miles (4.6 km) southwest of Kaohsiung Port on Monday afternoon.

There were 23 passengers on board the Chun (春) when it lost power.

The Kaohsiung Fleet Branch of the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) rushed to the scene after receiving a report of the incident at 4:30 p.m. while on regular patrol in the area.

Photo courtesy of Coastguard Administration

The fleet immediately reported to the 13th Patrol Command, which established an emergency response center and dispatched a ship to rescue the vessel.

The ship joined the Chun at 4:45 p.m. and he learned that the captain, surnamed Kuo (郭), had contacted another ship, the Chung (忠), to come and assist.

Fleet members calmed the passengers, and the Chung arrived around 6 p.m. and towed the Chun to port while being escorted by the patrol boat.

The ship and passengers arrived safely at Pier 22 of Kaohsiung Port at 7:50 p.m.

A preliminary investigation suggested the boat accidentally ran out of fuel because its fuel gauge was not working, the CGA said.

The fleet has urged shipowners to maintain their vessels well, check them thoroughly before leaving and pay attention to weather forecasts.

In the event of an emergency at sea, the CGA can be reached by telephone on 118.

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