Rough seas stall rescue of 20 on ship off Taiwan

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Posted: Aug 30, 2011 6:24 AM
Rough seas stall rescue of 20 on ship off Taiwan

Rough seas have stalled a rescue of 20 sailors on a Panama-registered oil freighter that became grounded off southern Taiwan during a typhoon.

Coast guard official Huang Shih-hsien said Tuesday the rough seas have stopped a trawler from getting close to the "Fen Jing III." He said the 11 mainland Chinese and nine Indonesian sailors on board are safe.

He said the 7,000-ton ship was not loaded with oil when it ran aground Monday.

Typhoon Nanmadol pummeled southern Taiwan before weakening to a tropical storm and heading toward southern China. One person died in Taiwan and at least 25 in the Philippines.