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Taiwanese fishing boats held in Philippines expected home Monday

Taiwanese fishing boats held in Philippines expected home Monday

Manila, Oct. 10 (CNA) Two Taiwanese fishing boats that had been detained in the Philippines for over one-and-a-half months left the port of San Vicente on Luzon Island on Saturday evening and should return to Taiwan on Monday. The Pingtung County-based ships Man Ji Sheng No. 8 (???8?) and Chuan Yi No. 2 (??2?) left the Filipino port at about 6 p.m. Saturday after negotiations between the Philippines' maritime law enforcement agency, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in the Philippines and Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration were completed. Man Ji Sheng No. 8 ran aground on the coast near the port of San Vicente after being blown toward the shore by heavy winds on the outer periphery to Typhoon Swan. The vessel was tugged back to sea by the Chuan Yi No. 2 after days of effort. During a check of the Man Ji Sheng No. 8 as it was being pulled out to sea, the Philippine Coast Guard found only one person on board the fishing boat, which violated Philippine regulations on the minimum number of workers on a fishing vessel. The infraction prompted the country's maritime law enforcement agency to detain the two ships for further investigation. (By Emerson Lim and Jeffrey Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-28 17:59 GMT+08:00