Highest compensation of the year for relatives of ship captain
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The relatives of a fishing boat captain who was killed by a misfired missile
has been awarded NT$34.84 million (US$1 million), the highest state compensation of the year, the Ministry of Justice said Wednesday.
During a drill last July 1, the Navy accidentally fired a Hsiung Feng III supersonic anti-ship missile which smashed right through a fishing trawler near the Penghu islands in the Taiwan Straits.
The skipper of the Hsiang Li Sheng was reportedly killed instantly, while three members of his crew were injured.
An investigation showed grave negligence in the handling of the missile, which was fired by a lower Navy officer who had accidentally switched the system from simulation mode to combat mode without any supervision. [FULL STORY]