In a report posted on the publication’s website on Friday, Taiwan News said Yang Wei-Chung, 47, was trying to rescue his 11-year-old daughter who'd fallen overboard while “on a boat tour”.
Quoting Liberty Times, the News report said Yang Wei-Chung was a former spokesman for Taiwan's opposition Kuomintang party.
“The 47-year-old Yang, who was also a member of the Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee, was with his wife Chen I-chen and his daughter on vacation,” the report said.
“At 5pm local time on August 30, his daughter fell overboard from a boat and it was during his attempt to rescue her that Yang drowned.”
The report did not mention that Yang could not swim and that he had been kayaking with his daughter.
It said history graduate Yang participated in Taiwan’s “Wild Lily” student movement, served as the deputy director of Radio Taiwan International, and acted as a spokesman for the KMT from 2013 to 2016.
In 2016, he left the KMT and joined the Executive Yuan's “Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee”, set up to investigate and return ill-gotten assets of political parties and their affiliated organisations during the martial law period in Taiwan.
In 2006, Yang married Chen, the daughter of Nice Group corporation tycoon Chen Ching-yao and former TV news anchor and member of the Youth Development Administration. In 2015, The couple appeared together on an episode of the Taiwanese TV show "The Theory of Love".
Yang's body has been taken by his family to Avarua, before moving on to New Zealand, the report said.
“But it is yet to be determined when the family will return to Taiwan.
The 47-year-old was a member of a Cabinet-level committee looking into ill-gotten party assets.
Officials from Taiwan's representative office in New Zealand are reported to be offering assistance to the family.
- Taiwan News/CS