Taipei,--The Coast Guard Administration (CGA) said Friday that all seven fisherman aboard the Taiwanese fishing boat Jin Jin He Fa 2 were safe after being robbed by a Chinese boat the previous day.
The fishermen were attacked by Chinese nationals on an unnamed boat 113 nautical miles southwest of Qimei Township in outlying Penghu County at around noon Thursday, according to the CGA.
The robbers were armed with knifes and took nearly NT$200,000 (US$6,578) from the boat.
The captain then called his family, who immediately reported to the CGA.
Neither the fishery association nor the boat's owner was informed about the situation.
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 resorted to the Cross-strait Joint Fight against Crime and Mutual Legal Assistance, which was signed by Taiwan and China in 2009, for a solution.
According to the Chinese police, a total of 14 Chinese suspects and their boat were seized early Friday near Shantou City, while the Jin Jin He Fa 2 had resumed normal operations, the CGA said.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel