By: Elaine Hou, Justin Su, Sophia Yeh and Cheng Chi-fong
Taipei, July 1 (CNA) The Ministry of National Defense (MND) apologized Friday after a missile
launched from a Taiwanese Navy corvette by mistake earlier in the day slammed into a Taiwanese fishing boat in the Taiwan Strait, killing its captain.
“The MND sincerely apologizes for the incident that caused the death of the captain and injured the other crew members,” said MND spokesman Maj. Gen. Chen Chung-chi (陳中吉) at a second news conference held Friday by the military after the incident occurred in the morning.
The ministry has also asked the Navy to provide compensation and assistance to the families of the victims, Chen said.
Navy Chief of Staff Vice Adm. Mei Chia-shu (梅家樹) said at the news conference the Hsiung Feng III supersonic anti-ship missile ripped through the fishing boat, causing the captain’s death, but it did not immediately explode or cause the vessel to break up. [FULL STORY]