Taiwanese fishermen return home safe after robbery by Chinese boat

Taipei--Seven fisherman aboard the Taiwanese fishing boat Jin Jin He Fa 2 returned back to the outlying Penghu County safe and sound on Saturday after being robbed by a Chinese boat on Thursday, the Coast Guard Administration (CGA) said.

Lin Chih-ming (???), deputy head of the Penghu CGA squad, said the Jin Jin He Fa 2 was looted nearly NT$200,000 (US$6,578) by a Chinese boat.

Three robbers armed with knifes attacked the boat around noon on Thursday and threw objects to break the pilot house, Lin said.

They took the money from the pilot house, where the captain was, Lin said after learning the details from the fishermen.

The fishermen, who had left Penghu at 9 p.m. on July 11, arrived back at its Magong Port at 2 a.m. Saturday.

After the attack at sea, the captain called his family, who immediately reported the incident to the CGA.

The CGA then sent three patrol ships from its Penghu and Tainan stations, firing 10 shotgun shells at one point to try to catch the robbers.

The CGA efforts failed, however, as the Chinese boat was only 12 nautical miles off the Chinese coast.

The CGA later used the Cross-strait Joint Fight against Crime and Mutual Legal Assistance agreement, which was signed by Taiwan and China in 2009, to try to solve the case.

According to the Chinese police, a total of 14 Chinese suspects and their boat were seized on Friday near southern China's Shantou City.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel