A distressing report (1m 47s) via Formosa English News on how big waves and a strong current put many of the 4000 swimmers participating in the 2013 International Olympic Hengchun Open Water Swim at risk.
Midway through the race, many encountered big waves and strong current, making it difficult to swim back to shore. Many swimmers had to depend upon the Coast Guard for help.
Seven swimmers were sent to hospital, with two in critical condition, and one fatality.
At the Houbi Fishery Port, a number of swimmers appear to be fatigued and in severe trouble, almost on the verge of drowning as they await rescue. The Coast Guard immediately sent three boats to assist in this rescue. All of these swimmers were participating in the long distance race.
Few expected to encounter level 9 waves along with strong ocean currents that brought them near an outlet pipe of the Third Nuclear Power Plant.