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Re: Towing and being towed

Found some more details on the Taiwanese fishing vessel that gave them a tow. Not surprisingly, the original details didn't really match up with reality.

The ship was a fairly large, modern Tuna Long Liner. 500 Gross Tons and 183 feet in length with a crew of 36.

The Taiwanese Captains account of the incident is they responded to the women in distress, offered to bring them on board, offered them food and water, however the women supposedly requested a tow to wake island. The fishing Captain agreed and towed them for 24 hours, or at least over night. Who knows what kind of a tow it was, might have been a bit like a pit bull trying to shake off a nasty flea.

Any way, the next morning the women changed their mind about the tow and requested use of the ships sat phone, which the Captain agreed to. The women got in touch with the navy. That sounds like a more believable account of the incident to me.

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