TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Chinese fishing vessel was intercepted by the Taiwan coast guard for illegally fishing in Taiwanese waters in the early hours of Dec. 20, with the event leaving the coast guard boat with minor damage, reported CNA.
No one was injured in the incident, and the 15-person crew of the fishing vessel were taken to Magong, Penghu for questioning. Charges are expected to be laid, and the expedition’s catch of around 2,500 kilograms of fish was released into water.
The fishing boat was intercepted by the Penghu coast guard at 5.25 a.m. this morning, approximately 12 miles northwest of Hua Island.
The Penghu Coast Guard said the collision occurred after the fishing vessel refused to yield for inspection. Apple Daily on the other hand, reports a member of the fishing vessel as saying that the collision occurred unintentionally, and was partly due to the coast guard’s use of a search light during night time.
Video footage and reports of the ordeal suggest that the coast guard chased the fishing vessel for an extended period of time, and repeatedly ordered it to stop prior to impact.
The accident caused minor damage to the coast guard vessel.
Due to growing concern over African swine flu potentially moving from China to Taiwan, both the fishing crew and their boat was disinfected as a preventative measure.
The Penghu Coast Guard said that four fishing vessels from China have been seized in Taiwanese waters this month.