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Taiwan boat returning after Vietnam interception

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Pingtung County-registered Lung Wang Li No. 97 (龍旺利97號) fishing boat was returning to Taiwan last night after being intercepted by Vietnamese vessels in the South China Sea, according to the Coast Guard Administration (CGA).

While making its way to Taiwan from Thailand, the Lung Wang Li No. 97 was intercepted by a Vietnamese vessel around 5:47 a.m. yesterday, in waters around 790 nautical miles southeast of Taiwan's southern tip. Twenty minutes later, more than five similar Vietnamese vessels surrounded the Taiwanese boat, according to an initial CGA report.

The CGA said that the fishing boat was instructed to follow a searchlight and sail toward the Vietnam vessels.

The Taiwan boat's captain, surnamed Tseng, said that crewmen on these Vietnamese ships asked to board his vessel for inspection, according to a CGA statement.

Tseng later reported the case and asked for assistance from the CGA.

Upon receiving the report, the CGA immediately deployed one of its nearby patrol vessels to Tseng's ship.

But Tseng said the Vietnamese ships later left the scene at around 7:45 a.m., before the Taiwanese Coast Guard ship arrived. No Vietnamese crew members boarded the Taiwanese fishing vessel, the CGA said.

According to Tseng, none of the crewmen aboard the Vietnamese ships were in uniform.

The boat's owner, Tsai Tien-yu (蔡天裕), urged the government not only to step up long-term measures to ensure the safety of Taiwanese fishing boats, but also to enter fishery talks with Vietnam to prevent similar incidents from happening again.

Tsai said he has had similar experiences. Two of his boats operating on the open seas were detained by Vietnamese vessels 10 years ago, and he had to pay a US$30,000 “ransom” to the Vietnam government to get the boats back, the captain said.

The CGA responded in a very timely manner to yesterday's incident, Tsai said, adding that he received a call from the Coast Guard 10 minutes after reporting the incident to the Donggang (東港) fishery radio station.

Taiwan's representative to Vietnam, Huang Chih-peng, said he had been informed of the incident and was in close contact with Vietnamese officials regarding it.

May 15, 2013    dab@
Stop stealing fish from other countries and no one will hassle you.
May 15, 2013    carlos.segovia33@
dab@ wrote:
Stop stealing fish from other countries and no one will hassle you.
And stop trespassing into neighbors` waters in the Philippines and Japan as well.
May 16, 2013    lunaangelj@
dab@ wrote:
Stop stealing fish from other countries and no one will hassle you.
They were illegally stopped by ships. So those Vietnamese could be the robbers and pirates trying to kidnap and hold the ship for ransom. Where is your proof that they were stealing fish? So who's the bad guy here? Vietnamese pirates or the Taiwanese poachers?
May 16, 2013    curtisakbar@
Why don't fishermen stay within their territorial waters? Oh wait people over-fish and that's why Japanese boats are off the coast of New Zealand, Chinese boats go to the Philippines, Spanish go to Britain, Brits go to Norway etc. If there isn't fish left in your seas, too bad for you being greedy idiots and destroying your ecosystem.
May 17, 2013    krane8@
dab@ and carlos33@, why don't you find your own country's message boards to post your rants. Tell your people to stop looking for jobs in Taiwan while you are at it. No thanks.
May 17, 2013    backforthlook@
Yes, Taiwanese Coast Guard should have started long time ago stopping those Vietcong pirates and Philippine rascals who are looking for opportunities to steal and rob other countries property. Otherwise they think they own everything, especially when they are given something by other countries who robbed others.
May 17, 2013    simtek130@
Everyone is having problems with aggressive Taiwanese fishing boats. Even Japan has detained a captain of a boat. Hey Ma, address your own citizens’ failures to comply with Laws here at home and abroad and you will see incidents like this go away.
May 17, 2013    sanchez31@
It is disturbing, it's the Chinese or Taiwanese fishing boats that are caught illegally fishing in Vietnam, Philippines and Japanese waters. Why can't they just fish in their own waters so that no untoward incidence will happen? Please just fish in your own backyard so that our beloved seas will be calm and peaceful.
July 12, 2013    thyme0074@
backforthlook@ wrote:
Yes, Taiwanese Coast Guard should have started long time ago stopping those Vietcong pirates and Philippine rascals who are looking for opportunities to steal and rob other countries property. Otherwise they think they own everything, especially when they are given something by other countries who robbed others.
What are you talking about robbing Taiwanese properties? Its Taiwanese fishing vessel who entered Phil territory even your own officials admitted it. An Indonesian working in your fishing fleet also admitted that they were fishing in Phil territories and tried to ram Phil coast guard ship that’s why they were fired upon. Stop being arrogant, racist and abusive.
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