Video Shows RV Ocean Researcher V Aground Off Taiwan, Frantic Search and Rescue

New video shows the scene from Friday night’s search and rescue after the Taiwanese research vessel Ocean Researcher V struck a reef and sank near the Penghu Islands in the Taiwan Strait.

Search and rescue crews were able to recover all 45 people onboard, but tragically two researchers lost their lives in the accident.

In the video you can clearly see the research vessel sitting high up on the reef.

The 2,700-ton Ocean Researcher V is the flagship vessel of the Taiwan Ocean Research Institute (TORI), part of the National Applied Research Laboratories operating under the Ministry of Science and Technology for the Republic of China. The vessel is owned by National Science Council.

gCaptain’s previous coverage of the incident can be found HERE.

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