Shooting incident between Taiwan coast patrol and Chinese fishing vessel

Two Chinese injured by rubber bullets

Coast guard chase illegal Chinese fishermen off Penghu. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Two Chinese fishing workers were injured after their trawler refused to stop when it was told to do so by Taiwanese Coast Guard in Taiwanese territorial waters Saturday morning.

The incident happened off Penghu (澎湖), the Taiwanese archipelago in the middle of the Taiwan Strait separating the two countries. Incursions by Chinese fishing trawlers and other vessels into Taiwanese-held waters occur frequently.

A Penghu coastal patrol vessel noted the Nanao (南澳) 31049 registered in China’s Guangdong Province about 23 nautical miles west of the island of Huayu (花嶼) around 5:30 a.m. Saturday.

When they told the Chinese crew to stop, they refused and started zigzagging away instead, trying to evade checks. Getting no response after broadcasting an order to stop dozens of times, the coastal patrol fired rubber bullets in the direction of the vessel, reports said.

Due to the violent motion of the waves, the bullets apparently hit two Chinese crew members in the leg. The two injured were transferred to a hospital in the Penghu capital of Magong while the ship was towed into its harbor, reports said.