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By Tim Sandle     Oct 18, 2014 in World
Taiwan - Two scientists died, although several dozen researchers and crew-members aboard an oceanographic research vessel survived, after the boat capsized near Taiwan.
A research vessel — Ocean Research V — sunk after colliding with a reef in waters near Taiwan. The boat was carrying a research team of 27 scientists and various crew. After capsizing, two of the scientists drowned:Hsu Shuh-chieh and Lin I-chun, according to the news outlet Asia One. The $47 million vessel belonged to the Ministry of Science and Technology’s National Applied Research Laboratories in Taiwan. Nature News notes that the boat contained three laboratories for sonar for seafloor mapping, multiple plankton samplers, and other devices for comprehensive ocean exploration.
According to The China Post, one of the researchers who died — Hsu — made heroic efforts to save his fellow passengers. “While the researchers were putting on life jackets, Hsu directed them out of the cabin and onto the deck, staying behind to check that everyone had left…The passengers, afraid of falling into the water, lay down on the deck. Hsu stood bent over below the crowd, to prevent anyone from slipping toward the stern…”
Hsu and Lin were researchers based at the Academia Sinica Research Center for Environmental Changes in Taiwan. According to Focus Tiawan, Hsu was a leader in studying oceanic suspension microparticles and “his contributions include participating in a team project in 2007 that revealed industrial pollution from mainland China being the source of high concentrations of suspended microparticles in Kinmen.” Kinmen is a Taiwanese county consisting of a cluster of islands.
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