By: Wang Swu-fen and Liian Wu
Kaohsiung, Jan. 14 (CNA) The captain and chief engineer of a Taiwanese fishing ship returned to Taiwan
on Saturday after being detained in Indonesia for three months for allegedly fishing illegally in the country’s waters.
Captain Tsai Yun-ming (蔡雲明) and chief engineer Tsai Yun-Tsung (蔡雲忠) left Jakarta early Saturday morning and arrived in Kaohsiung the same evening after transiting through Hong Kong, with a deity in hand that they had worshipped on their ship.
Tsai Yun-ming said he paid a fine of about NT$500,000 (US$15,822) and the fishing vessel was seized.
The Pingtung-based Jih Lien Tsai No. 16 (日連財16號), with the Tsai brothers and six Filipino crew members aboard, was intercepted by the Indonesian navy on Oct. 12 while sailing in waters between the Philippines and Indonesia at a longitude of 127 degrees 40 minutes east and latitude of 5 degrees 45 minutes north. [FULL STORY]