A stock photo of a Taiwanese Coast Guard vessel. (Photo courtesy of the Coast Guard Administration of Taiwan)

Five Indonesians on Taiwanese Fishing Boat That Capsized in East China Sea


AUGUST 12, 2019

Jakarta. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed on Sunday that there were five Indonesian crewmembers on board a Taiwanese fishing vessel that went missing in the East China Sea a week ago.

Yudha Nugraha, acting director of citizens' protection and legal aid at the foreign ministry, said in a statement that Taiwanese and Japanese authorities had found the wreck, but efforts to locate the crew were hampered by rough seas caused by tropical Storm Lekima.

According to local media reports, the boat is believed to have capsized near the uninhabited Diaoyutai Islands, also known as the Senkaku Islands, northeast of Taiwan and west of Okinawa. It left Wushi Harbor in Toucheng, northeastern Taiwan, on Aug. 2 to fish in waters off the country's east coast.

The boat was scheduled to return to port on Aug. 4 but no contact had been made with it since the afternoon of Aug. 6.

"Up to now, the Indonesian crewmembers have not been found … the Directorate of Citizens' Protection and Legal Aid has contacted their families and will keep them informed on the progress," Yudha said.

The ministry did not provide any information on the victims' identities.