Search underway for cargo vessel missing off northern Taiwan

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Taipei, Oct 9: Search is underway for a missing cargo ship in the sea off northern Taiwan, the island's maritime and port bureau said on Sunday. The cargo vessel "Hsin Fa Erh" set sail for Mazu Harbor in east China's Fujian Province from Taipei Harbor on Friday afternoon, but encountered strong wind, rough waves and engine breakdown, Xinhua news agency reported. The vessel had planed to sail back to the port. No contact was reported after 8:34 p.m. local time on Friday. The vessel was about 14 nautical miles away from the Taipei Harbor and 11 nautical miles from the Taoyuan Zhuwei Fishing Harbor at the time of the last contact. In addition to the captain, there were four Taiwanese crew members and one Indonesian worker on the vessel.