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Taiwan thanks U.K. anti-piracy taskforce for assistance

Taiwan thanks U.K. anti-piracy taskforce for assistance

Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) Taiwan's Fisheries Agency thanked Monday the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO), an anti-piracy taskforce, for coming to the aid of a Taiwanese fishing boat hijacked by Somalian pirates in the Indian Ocean. It was the first time an international group had dispatched vessels, aircraft and medical personnel to assist a Taiwanese fishing boat hijacked by pirates, Tsay Tzu-yaw, deputy director-general of the Fisheries Agency, told CNA in a telephone interview. Tsay said his agency will remain in contact with UKMTO and will seek help from the group again in the event of similar incidents.
The UKMTO is tasked with providing a point of contact for merchant vessels that come under attack from pirates or are hijacked. The Chin Yi Wen, carrying 28 crew members -- none of them Taiwanese -- rendezvoused with UKMTO-authorized British anti-piracy vessels in the Indian Ocean a day earlier after the crew members managed to overpower the pirates and regain control of the 260-ton Kaohsiung-registered boat. Three crew members sustained slight injuries but all the crew members and the boat were in safe hands and heading under UKMTO escort for Port Victoria in the Seychelles, said Tsay. (By Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-07-27 08:30 GMT+08:00