Taipei, A fleet of water scooters set off from Taiwan Thursday on a 10-hour ride to Japan for an international friendship exchange program.
The 47 water scooters, escorted by three supply yachts, sped off from Hualien Port, heading to Ishigaki, on a five-day visit aimed at providing information to people on the Japanese island about Taiwan, Hualien and water scooters. The 275-kilometer international friendship exchange ride was organized by the Hualien Personal Water-craft Association (HPWA) and included members of other associations and groups across Taiwan.
An HPWA member said that while Taiwan is an island, its people do not connect well with the sea because of certain stereotypical factors. Many people lack of water safety education, which would allow them to be more aware of dangerous situations and be more responsible in terms of personal safety, the rider said.
The trip was similar to one in 2012 that was organized by the Taiwan Personal Water-Craft Association and a water scooter team from Hualien, in which 33 water scooters traveled about 108 km from Taiwan's east coast to Yonaguni Island in Japan.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel