Thirteen People Missing after Ship Sinks off Taiwan

Taiwan's Coast Guard Patrol ship

Thirteen people are reported missing after a cargo ship sank off Taiwan on Monday and are feared dead.

The ship, identified as Zhenhe 168, went down off Tiawan’s Xiquan Island around 5 a.m. Monday, Xinhua news agency informs.

The sinking was reported by the owner of the boat 12 hours later, according to local maritime authorities.

Search and rescue operation has been launched comprising of two patrol ships and a helicopter and is now in its second day, but there have been no signs of the crew.

The wreckage has been found on Monday, Xhinhua reports.

The cause of the incident is being investigated.

World Maritime News Staff; Image: Coast Guard Administration of Taiwan

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