• Eight missing after Taiwan research boat capsizes

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    TAIPEI: Taiwanese rescuers were searching for eight people who went missing on Friday after a marine research ship capsized, while 37 others on the boat had been accounted for, the government said.

    The vessel — carrying 45 people — capsized off the Penghu islands earlier Friday, a cabinet statement said.

    The coastguard and the navy dispatched six vessels and two helicopters, rescuing 37 people, the statement said.

    The 2,700-tonne ship departed from a port in southern Tainan city on Thursday for an eight-day marine research expedition jointly conducted by several universities, according to the Central News Agency.

    The boat capsized possibly after hitting reefs, the agency said.

    AFP

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