Representative Washed Away by Current Remained Missing 桃源區代表謝宜真視察落水 持續搜救

Rescue missions continue after Kaohsiung's Taoyuan representative Hsieh Yi-chen was swept away by a landslide on her way home after paying a visit to the area affected by heavy rain. Meanwhile, three local boroughs remain cut off from the outside world as their access bridge collapsed. 


The three search teams consisted of 28 firefighters, three rafts, and two drones, with the search concentrating on the area between Mingbakelu Bridge and Liugui.

Kao Ming-chu, Squadron Chief, Sixth District Emerg. and Rescue Corps, Fire Bureau, KHH:” We are continuing to look for the missing person at Mingbakelu Bridge, Sala'awu Bridge, Baolai Second Bridge and Liugui Bridge.”

Aliman, Husband of Taoyuan Representative Hsieh Yi-chen:” While it was raining yesterday, I called her and told her not to come down because of landslides. The landslide happened so suddenly and the river flooded when they were (already) in the middle.” 

Hsieh is believed to have fallen into the water near pier P3. The river was flowing very quickly at the time and the scale of the landslide is making the search more difficult. Fuxing Borough Chief Chiang Wei-ming, who was with Hsieh at the time, says he couldn't grab Hsieh to stop her from falling into the water. He was also hit by debris from the landside, getting covered in mud and losing his shoes.

Chen Cheng-wei, Director, Jiaxian Maintenance Office, DGH:” We ask everyone going up the mountain to keep themselves safe by staying out of sealed and closed areas.” 

Officials have closed the area around the accident site to the public. The Directorate-General of Highways, meanwhile, says mountain residents should wait patiently for the bridge to be repaired.

 

 

湍急的溪流,想要跨越都得互相施力,穩住身體,為了搜尋落水的桃源區代表謝宜真,消防人員一早六點就出動,28人、3艇、2架無人機以明霸克露橋為熱區,分三組往下游搜尋,要一路搜到六龜,希望快點找到失聯的謝宜真。

高市消防局第六救災救護大隊三中隊副中隊長高銘竹:「搜索明霸克露橋及撒拉阿塢橋寶來二橋、六龜大橋間,繼續搜索昨日落水民眾。」

桃源區代表謝宜真丈夫阿力曼:「昨天下雨的時候我已經打電話,本來叫她說不要下來會有土石流,他們就突然那個土石流下來河堤,他們(已經)到中間就暴漲。」

上午搜救進度仍在進行,透過公路總局提供的圖示掌握到,謝宜真落水地點,疑似就在橋樑P3地點,距離橋面不遠,但當時水流湍急,土石流範圍涵蓋面積太廣,謝宜真又踩空才會失足,而與她同行的桃源區復興里長江維明,同樣歷經驚險狀況,拉不住謝宜真的他,同樣被土石流沖了三、四公尺遠,一起來滿身泥濘,鞋子也不見,大小石塊滿布橋面,相當驚人。

公路總局甲仙工務段長陳正偉:「在這邊也呼籲我們山上的民眾,千萬如果我們已經有公告管制,或是封鎖線拉起來的時候,千萬不要通過封鎖線以避免危險。」

為了不影響救災,也擔心再有民眾闖越,公路總局嚴格管控管制範圍,從事發地一公里外都禁止一般人員進出,公路局也再次呼籲山區居民耐心等待,公路單位將會全力搶修,便道通車日可比原先預期的日期更早。

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