Government denies Taiwanese fishermen tried to kill two American women stranded at sea

The spokesperson for MOFA said the accusation was “groundless’ and “simply not true”.

Taiwan News 
Date: 2017/11/14
By: Teng Pei-ju, Taiwan News, Staff Reporter

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Two American women, Jennifer Appel and Tasha Fuiava,

Distance between Hawaii and Tahiti (Screen capture of Google Map)

embarked on a journey on a sailboat from Hawaii to Tahiti in May, but became stranded at sea after the boat was damaged by a storm. It was not until five months later that they met a Taiwanese fishing vessel which then contacted the U.S. Coast Guard to take them home.

However, the story took a dramatic turn on November 8 as the two women accused the Taiwanese fishermen of trying to kill them.

Andrew Lee (李憲章), spokesperson for Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, denied the allegation on Tuesday and said the accusation made by the two American women was “groundless” and “simply not true.”

Lee told the media that the Taiwanese fishing vessel ‘Feng-chun 66’ (豐春66號) encountered two stranded American women on October 24 while operating on high seas off the Midway Atoll.     [FULL  STORY]

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