COMMANDO-STYLE OPERATION:Shots were fired as the coast guard deployed heavily armed officers to rescue three of its own. The fishermen were detained
Date: Aug 14, 2015
By: Jason Pan / Staff reporter, with CNA
Eight Chinese fishermen were apprehended and taken in for questioning yesterday after
the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) mounted a commando-style operation to rescue three of its officers the fishermen had allegedly taken hostage in the Taiwan Strait.
The incident began with confrontations between Taiwanese and Chinese fishermen in waters off the coast of Hsinchu County on Wednesday, and escalated when the three coast guard officers were allegedly abducted after boarding a Chinese ship.
CGA officials said it was necessary to take decisive action and dispatched armed patrol vessels with specially trained officers to prevent the hostages being taken to China.
CGA officials said one officer sustained minor injuries during the raid.
All three hostages were safely back in Taiwan yesterday, but slightly shaken from the ordeal, officials said. [FULL STORY]