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Owner asks Jakarta to help potentially hijacked vessel

TAIPEI--The owner of a Taiwanese fishing boat believed to have been hijacked by its Indonesian crew said Friday he has sought the help of Indonesian authorities to intercept the boat.

As of Friday morning, the boat was located within Indonesia's territorial waters, according to owner Lin Chin-hsi, who lost contact with the boat's skipper a day earlier.

Lin said that through the help of a friend, he has requested the Indonesian navy dispatch a ship to intercept his boat.

Registered in Donggang, Pingtung County, the vessel set out from Palau for the Solomon Islands seven days ago. It was being operated by Taiwanese skipper Chen Chih-wen and 12 Indonesian crew members.

On Thursday, Lin placed several satellite phone calls to Chen but nobody answered even though the calls went through, leading Lin to suspect a hijacking.

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