By: Kuo Chih-hsuan and S.C. Chang
Taipei, March 22 (CNA) An Indonesian government vessel that fired upon a
Taiwanese fishing boat Monday left the boat with 12 bullet holes, with two bullets passing through the cabin, the Liuchiu Fishermen’s Association said Tuesday.
In what it called “a detailed investigation report,” the association in Pingtung — where the two Taiwanese fishing boats involved in the latest incident are registered — said the two fishing boats were not fishing illegally and were fired at without warning.
Both the Sheng Te Tsai and the Lien I Hsing No. 116 had full loads of fish and were on their way to Singapore at 6 degrees 15 minutes north latitude and 97 degrees 40 minutes east longitude, at the northern entrance of the Strait of Malacca, just over 100 kilometers from the northeastern coast of Sumatra, at around 3 a.m. Monday, according to the report.
It was dark at the time, but the Lien I Hsing No. 116 was suddenly fired at four or five times while being lit up by a spotlight aboard the Indonesian patrol vessel, said the report, adding that the vessel did not appear to have been hit. [FULL STORY]