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Chinese boat busted for illegal sand dredging near Kinmen

Chinese boat busted for illegal sand dredging near Kinmen

Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) A boat from China was found illegally dredging sea sand in waters off the outlying Kinmen Island early Monday, the second such incident in the area in four days, according to the Kinmen County Coast Guard Administration. Hairun No. 567 from Zhangzhou, China was caught illegally sand mining in waters 2.5 nautical miles (4.63 kilometers) off Taiwan-held Kinmen County at 1:45 a.m. Monday. The Coast Guard conducted an on-board spot check after observing the boat dredging sand and found 500 cubic meters of sea sand on the ship. The boat's skipper and five crew members were arrested for larceny and for violating national security laws and sand quarrying regulations. The sand was dumped back into the sea to limit ecological damage to the area, the Coast Guard said, adding that the whole process was videotaped so it could be reviewed by a court, if necessary. If found guilty of violating sand quarrying regulations, the Chinese sand mining company will face a maximum fine of NT$ 5 million (US$165,961), according to the Coast Guard. The incident was the second of its kind in four days after the Coast Guard busted the Haian No. 163 from Xiamen on Friday for also illegally dredging sand in waters near Kinmen County. (By Ni Kuo-yen and Ann Chen)


Updated : 2021-05-09 19:04 GMT+08:00