Taiwanese captain and Indonesian crew safe
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A Taiwanese fishing trawler seized by Myanmar more than a month ago was
allowed to leave Friday after paying a fine, while its Taiwanese captain and nine Indonesian crew members were safe, reports said.
The Shing Chuang Jyi (興川吉), registered on the Pingtung County island of Liuchiu (琉球), had unloaded its cargo in Kawthaung, the southernmost town in Myanmar, on January 25, and was preparing to set course for neighboring Thailand when a military vessel stopped it and forced it to stay, reports said.
The captain, named as Tsai Jui-hsien (蔡瑞賢), and the crew were safe and their movements had not been restricted, according to a conversation the Liuchiu fisheries association had with the man on Friday.
The Myanmar military wondered why he had not halted his ship when the former used a warning light but waited until they fired a gun, Tsai said. The captain said he told the authorities he had never seen the warning light. [FULL STORY]