One rescue team member died, Captain said to be dead also


General cargo ship WSTAR issued distress signal in the afternoon Dec 5 reporting Captain (of Indonesian nationality) unconscious, mouth foam, and requesting immediate medical assistance. Freighter was sailing in northern direction west of Pengjia Islet, Taiwan, north of Keelung, East China sea, departing from Keelung Taiwan on Dec 5, destination unknown. Taiwanese Air Rescue sent helicopter. While airlifting Captain on board of helicopter in rough sea and strong wind, one or two personnel of emergency team were injured, one of them later died in hospital. Understood but not confirmed, WSTAR Captain also died. The ship turned back and headed for Keelung.


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