Body of Taiwanese tourist diver found on Green Island

Photo courtesy of the Coast Guard Administration's (CGA).

TAIPEI (CNA) — A body found a day earlier on the shore of Green Island off Taiwan’s east coast was that of a Taiwanese diver who went missing near Xiaoliuqiu Island off the southwestern coast seven days ago, Coast guard officers confirmed Sunday.

The man, surnamed Wu (巫), from Changhua, was identified by his family, according to officers of the Coast Guard Administration’s eastern branch.

Wu and a South Korean man went diving near Xiaoliuqiu on June 14, with the Korean tourist’s body found lying face down on the seabed the following day, while the Taiwanese man remained missing.

Wu’s family asked for public help search for him and coast guard officers found his body Saturday afternoon on the shore of a hot spring resort on Green Island.

Wu was aged about 50-60. He was wearing a diving suit and a pair of non-slip diving boots, with a watch on his left wrist, the officers said.

The body was was taken to the Taitung funeral house and the Taitung District Prosecutors Office will investigate the exact cause of death.

On Wednesday, Wu’s family in a Facebook post offered a reward of NT$1 million (US$33,754) for help in finding the missing man, and NT$200,000 for help in finding his body, until it identified the body early Sunday as that of Wu.