All ferry services but one have been cancelled on the 12th and 13th between Donggang Harbor and Liuqiu Island in Taiwan due to the impact of Typhoon Muifa. Visitors caught on to the only opportunity to return to main island early morning.
The public ferry from Liuqiu Island slowly approached the Donggang harbor early morning. It was the only ferry service back to Dongnang on the 12th. All other ferry services have been cancelled due to the latest typhoon impact on the weather. People came to line up for the 7 a.m. ferry at just past 5 a.m. for the only ferry running today.
Visitor: “More than ten people lined up for the ferry at 5:30 a.m. It was the last ferry service available back; all other private ferry services have been suspended.”
Visitors: “Sixteen people are getting on the ferry and four decided to stay. Four people decided to stay behind. (Reporter: “Why are they not coming back?”) They want to stay in Liuqiu, there's not much wind and rain there.”
The only reason why the public ferry is running is because the government needed to bring it to Kaohsiung to fix its propeller. Most visitors wish to return to main island, but with some Liuqui Island residents also wanting to commute to main island for work, more than 40 passengers still got left behind.
Chen Shun-shih, Captain of Liuxin Ferry: “I usually cruise between 1900 and 1950 rpm. Waves are bigger today, with a height of 1.5 meters so I'll keep it to just 1800 rpm today. The ride will be stable.”
Forced to end their trip early, passengers who have arrived back at Donggang arranged further transportation to go home. People should hold off on plans for trips to Liuqui Island since all ferry services between Donggang and Liuqiu Island have been suspended on Sept. 12 and 13 due to the typhoon.