While the search and rescue continues following the New Taipei City river accident, Mayor Hou Yu-ih said they will also inspect all outdoor adventure companies to make sure they are properly licensed for holding nature outings.
The rescue team searched through and through the river. It has been 60 hours since the river accident happened. Two girls are still missing; one girl surnamed Liu and another surnamed Chen. Concerned that they could be stuck between the rocks, rescue divers dove underwater to search more closely. New Taipei City Mayor Hou Yu-ih arrived at the riverside on the morning of the 19th to inspect the process.
Hou Yu-ih, New Taipei City Mayor："We're utilizing drones, lifeboats, and all resources possible to help us with the search. We also have logistics support that's always on-call and in rotation. We hope to find the two missing children before 72 hours have passed."
Hou said the weather is the clearest so far on the 19th and he urged the rescue team to keep up their spirits. To prevent an unfortunate accident like this from happening again, Hou also said he would do his best in uniting forces from different agencies to investigate the operation of various outdoor adventure companies.
Hou Yu-ih, New Taipei City Mayor："We will examine all outdoor activities arranged by elementary to junior high schools in New Taipei City and we will also inspect companies that offer outdoor adventure trips to see how they operate and make sure that they are properly licensed."
All four investors surnamed Su, Chang, Tu, and Wu of the outdoor adventure company that offered the Hubao Pond outing trip have made their police statements by the evening of the 18th.
Chen Ying-chen, Head Prosecutor, Keelung District Prosecutors Office："Investor Wu came to the police department in Ruifang Precinct to make a police statement on the 18th. We will sort out how the company operates and how they divide up their responsibilities. In the end, we will figure out if anyone should be charged with negligent homicide."
A special task force team is now reading through the company's paperwork and record over past events that they held to sort out details to their operation. The prosecutors office said they will summon Wu and others involved again for further interrogation and investigation.