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Three PRC fishermen arrested after scuffle with CGA officers

Three PRC  fishermen arrested after scuffle with CGA officers

Three Chinese fishermen who were attempting to smuggle Chinese produce to the outlying island of Kinmen Tuesday were arrested after a scuffle aboard their Fujian-based fishing boat, officials from the Coast Guard Administration Kinmen operations said yesterday.
The three Chinese citizens - including Liu Zhihui, the skipper of the "Minlongyu 586, " who suffered minor injuries to his head during the scuffle with CGA officers - were taken into Kinmen police custody early Wednesday morning on charges of attempted homicide, assault, interfering with official duties, and smuggling.
In Kinmen waters
The boat, which took in a lot of water, was deserted in waters near Peiting Isle in eastern Kinmen after the CGA officers removed the smuggled produce - including peanuts, ginger, garlic, and scallops - to their patrol boats around 1: 25 a.m., CGA officials said.
Meanwhile, three of the officers, including Chao Nan-jung, a squad chief, sustained knife cuts to the neck, head and legs during the scuffle, and were sent to hospital, the CGA officials said.
'Minlongyu 586'
The incident occured at around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when a CGA Kinmen patrol cutter intercepted the "Minlongyu 586," which was discovered trespassing in Kinmen waters near Peiting Isle in an attempt to smuggle the Chinese produce.
The Chinese fishermen refused to stop their boat, so the Kinmen officers fired warning shots into the air. Chao and two other officers then boarded the vessel and the scuffle broke out.
At around 11 p.m., the CGA officers used tear gas and stun grenades to bring the situation under control and then arrested the three fisherman, the officials said.