By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
The skipper of the “Sheng Te Tsai,” one of the Taiwanese fishing boats fired upon by Indonesian vessels on March 21 while sailing through the Strait of Malacca en route to Singapore, recalled the incident on Thursday, saying, “It is not bad to be back alive.”
Lin Nan-yang, who hadn’t slept for three days, said after arriving in Singapore that at the time of the incident, he saw an Indonesian boat, coded “2084,” sailing alongside his steering room, and on the boat was a solider wearing a camouflage outfit and holding a rifle.
The Indonesian boat was later confirmed by Indonesian authorities as an official vessel.
Lin said he didn’t know what the man wanted or hear any request to stop his boat until he heard a barrage of shots. Only then did he realize his boat was being shot at. [FULL STORY]