While standup paddle-boarding is a trendy sport, it has its own risks. Teachers and students of a Penghu elementary school were stranded in open waters while practicing the sport. Luckily, a captain of a fishing boat happened to be nearby and brought them back to shores.
Notice the red dot there? It should be a small boat.
The captain of a fishing boat was going about his daily occupation when he noticed a red "dot" in the distance.
As the Captain steered his vessel closer, the dot turned out to be two students and a teacher, who were sitting on paddle boards helplessly as they were stranded in open waters. One of the students even cried out loud.
It's ok, you can stop crying now. (How are we supposed to get back?) I will help you get back to shore, don't cry and don't be afraid.
Three teachers from Fengkuei Elementary School were originally introducing standup paddle-boarding to seven senior students as part of the marine education program. But strong north wind quickly took hold of their boards, before they knew it, they were stranded in open waters too far away from land. One female student even got blown away and was drifting alone without her companions.
Teacher, please be careful too. Kids, it's ok to take it slow and easy. That's right, hold your hands and take it easy and don't be afraid. Just climb up.
At around 3:30 pm on the 14th, the Penghu Coast Guard Administration was notified that 4 students and teachers were stranded in the Fengkuei sea area and dispatched 2 rescue boats. Luckily, the captain who happened to be nearby pulled the victims out of the water and the incident ended without injuries. The captain said people should not venture too far from the shore without assessing the weather and sea conditions. The school said it will reinforce safety precautions.
發吉隆號漁船船長 呂隆唐 vs. 風櫃國小學生：「小朋友不要哭，不要哭！（那我們要怎麼上去？) 我會幫你們上去，不要哭、不要怕。」