Tuesday, February 15, 2005
An intensive search is underway in the seas off Taiwan for a freighter with 18 crew on board, that's gone missing in mysterious circumstances. The 28-hundred tonne, Taiwan-registered "Jutai-8" was carrying a full load of gravel, and heading for an island off Japan. But coastguards say there hs been no contact with the vessel since Thursday and patrol boats sent to scour it's last reported position have found no trace of it. The ship's crew include 12 Taiwanese, four Burmese and two Indonesians.