FATAL – 10 November 2008 – high seas off Taiwan – seaman attacked

A brief report from Reuters says 18 seamen were declared missing and another was killed by a shark after their fishing boat was swamped by high waves off Taiwan on Monday 10 November 2008, according to Taiwan’s coast guard. The coast guard had rescued another nine crew members from the boat.

High winds whipped up huge waves, forcing the crew to send a distress signal from 80km south of Kaohsiung near the southern tip of Taiwan, a coastguard spokesperson said.

"The ocean conditions were terrible," he said. "The waves were so big they just inundated the boat."

He said one crew member was killed by a shark but gave no other details.

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