Taiwan divers search for trapped fisherman after bridge collapse kills five

Published October 2, 2019, 4:03 PM

by Gabriela Baron & Minka Klaudia Tiangco

By Reuters

TAIPEI – Rescuers in Taiwan searched on Wednesday for the last fisherman believed to have been crushed in his boat when a bridge collapsed into a harbor, killing at least five people, as questions were raised about construction standards.

Nanfang'ao Bridge is seen collapsing in Suao, Taiwan October 1, 2019 in this still image taken from a video. (COAST PATROL CORPS 1 NORTHERN BRANCH, COAST GUARD ADMINISTRATION /via REUTERS/MANILA BULLETIN)
Nanfang’ao Bridge is seen collapsing in Suao, Taiwan October 1, 2019 in this still image taken from a video. (COAST PATROL CORPS 1 NORTHERN BRANCH, COAST GUARD ADMINISTRATION /via REUTERS/MANILA BULLETIN)

Divers joined hundreds of rescuers in the search effort, using cranes and excavators to raise the wreckage of two fishing boats after Tuesday’s accident injured 10 people, most of them fishermen from Indonesia and the Philippines.

“Rescuers found the body of a foreign fisherman … while the search for one missing foreign fisherman continues,” the National Fire Agency said in a statement in the early afternoon.

 
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