46 people arrested on boat carrying illegal Vietnamese immigrants

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/01/07
By: Wang Chao-yu and Lilian Wu

Taipei, Jan. 7 (CNA) A Taiwan fishing boat carrying illegal Vietnamese immigrants was intercepted off the

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coast of Yilan Friday night and 46 people were arrested, the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) said Saturday.

It said 40 of the people arrested were illegal Vietnamese immigrants — 25 men and 15 women — who were packed into a space that was only 1.2 meters high.

The other six people were the captain and crew of the Wun Shun Man No. 66 (穩順滿66號), a fishing vessel registered in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, the CGA said.

The boat was intercepted 9.2 nautical miles off the coast of Yilan in northeastern Taiwan after the CGA received a tipoff that it was carrying illegal immigrants, said Shen Da-wei (沈大偉), deputy chief of CGA’s Northern Coastal Patrol Office.    [FULL  STORY]

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