Taiwanese fishing boats beached in Phuket

Taiwanese fishing boats beached in Phuket
Taipei Times – Taipei,Taiwan

Tuesday, Dec 28, 2004

Advertising Thirty-five Taiwanese fishing boats were beached on the Thai resort island of Phuket by the tsunamis unleashed by a powerful earthquake off the Indonesian island of Sumatra on Sunday, the Council of Agriculture said yesterday.
There were about 60 Taiwanese crew members and 120 to 200 workers of other nationalities aboard the vessels, but no major casualties were reported, fishery officials said, adding that only a few on board sustained minor injuries.

Council officials said about 150 Taiwanese fishing boats usually operate in the areas that were swamped by the tidal waves. They usually call at ports in Phuket, Penang in Malaysia, Colombo in Sri Lanka and Bali in Indonesia.

Because of inconvenient communications in those regions, the officials said, they could only get information through Taiwan’s representative offices in those countries and local agents of the fishing companies.

The officials said that to their knowledge the boats operating in waters off Colombo, Bali and Penang had not been affected by the devastating tsunamis. Only 35 Taiwanese fishing boats operating in the waters around Phuket were beached and some fishing gear damaged. Several of the ships have already resumed operations after minor repairs, the officials said, adding that property and catch losses had not yet been calculated


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