Cape Town - Sixteen Taiwanese fishermen were rescued off the coast of South Africa on Thursday when after the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC), based in Cape Town, was alerted to a fire onboard which forced them to abandon ship.
The crew of the Taiwanese fishing vessel Teng Ming Yang No.268 were all reported to be safe after being rescued by a sister vessel shortly after 9am.
MRCC Cape Town was alerted at around 6.45am via the COSPAS SARSAT system (EPIRB detection) of the Teng Ming Yang possibly needing assistance more than 1 100 kilometres south east of Durban.
The MRCC team on duty immediately contacted the Taipei Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) to obtain additional details while using the satellite AIS system to identify any vessels near Teng Ming that could be called upon to assist.
Taipei RCC reported that Teng Ming had reported a fire onboard and its 16 crew members were going to abandon the vessel to life rafts.