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Taiwanese fisherman 'catches' missiles

Taiwanese fisherman 'catches' missiles

Taipei, Sept. 2 (CNA) A Taiwanese fisherman landed an unexpected catch Wednesday when he hauled in his nets to find four missiles inside. The fisherman, from eastern Taiwan's Taitung County, was fishing in waters off Pingtung County's Jiupeng Base (????), a major center for military missile tests, when he made the unexpected catch from his boat. The unnamed fisherman, who is captain of the vessel, ordered his crew to carefully pull in the net. After inspecting the four missiles, the captain threw three of them back overboard because they were severely damaged, but kept the fourth, as it seemed to be in better shape. "I thought I had caught a large fish. I did not expect to catch a missile," the fisherman said through a friend. The warhead of the 170-centimeter missile had exploded, but its tail fins were still intact. The missile was handed over to coast guard officials, who said it looked like a Sidewinder missile and had probably fallen into the ocean during a missile test. The coast guard later gave the missile to an Army bomb disposal team. (By Lee Hsi-chang and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-28 07:10 GMT+08:00