Taiwan Coast Guard Seizes Chinese Fishing Boat Near Penghu

March 13 2019: According to Taiwanese media, the Taiwanese Coast Guard in Penghu seized a Chinese fishing boat on the morning of March 13 that crossed into Taiwan’s territorial waters, and which refused to obey commands of coast guard officers.

The Taiwanese Coast Guard was reportedly forced to fire a single warning shot towards the Min Jin Yu No. 5728 (閩晉漁) before they were able to commandeer the vessel.

The vessel was confronted at around 3:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, 23.7 nm northwest of Huayu Island, Penghu County’s westernmost island, reports CNA.

Onboard the vessel, 15 crew members were found along with 6,000 kg fish and crab, along with almost four kilograms of pork meat. The Coast Guard has impounded the ship at Magong Harbor in Penghu.

This is the second Chinese fishing vessel commandeered this year, with the Yong Xing No. 8 (永興8號), seized in Penghu waters on Jan. 12.

Source: Taiwan News

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