The fishing boat Yu Feng 32 caught fire on 2 nautical miles off New Taipei, Taiwan. The vessel with seven crew members on board suddenly burst into flames close to the city, returning from fishing of white octopus. The flames quickly spread to the whole fishing boat Yu Feng 32 and crew was unable to put the fire under control. They sent distress signal to the local authorities and cost guard, requesting immediate evacuation. At the scene of the burning fishing vessel was dispatched Coast Guard rescue boat RB02, but meanwhile nearby fishermen rescued all the seven crew. The fire was completely extinguished after less than an hour, but fishing boat suffered sufficient damages.
The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. According to preliminary information, the overheating of the generator caused short circuit and fire spread quickly through the whole vessel. Fortunately, all the people were transferred to the shore without reported injuries. The fishing boat Yu Feng 32 will be towed to the port after fire inspection. The assessment of the damages will be made at further stage, but according to preliminary information, they were sufficient.
The fishing boat Yu Feng 32 is small Taiwanese vessel, operating in coastal waters. The ship has overall length of 20.00 m, moulded beam of 6.00 m and maximum draft of 3.50 m. The ship has gross tonnage of 23 GRT and operate under Taiwanese registration CT3-3226.