Tai Ching 21

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The MV Tai Ching 21 (Chinese: 大慶21號) was a fishing vessel which was found empty and gutted by fire on 9 November 2008 near Kiribati. The abandoned 50 ton Taiwanese vessel had suffered a fire several days previously, and its lifeboat and three life rafts were missing. No mayday call was received. The date of the last radio transmission from the vessel had been 28 October 2008. A search of 21,000 square miles (54,000 square km) of the Pacific Ocean north of Fiji by a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules and a New Zealand Air Force P-3 Orion found no trace of the Taiwanese captain (顏金港 Yán Jīn-gǎng) or crew (18 Chinese, 6 Indonesians, and 4 Filipinos).[1][2]


  1. ^ "Hopes dim for 29 Asian fishermen". BBC Online. 25 November 2008. Retrieved 8 March 2011.
  2. ^ Liberty Times – Tai Ching 21 found. No signs of its crew members (in Chinese)