VN’s fishing boats driven away by Chinese ships

Fishermen aboard four fishing boats from central Quang Ngai Province have reported that they were scared off by Chinese ships while operating in the sea of Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands several days ago.


One of the fishing boats driven away by Chinese boats several days ago. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Two of the four Vietnamese-flagged ships, QNg 96417 and QNg 96382, were driven away by Chinese marine surveillance ships while they were fishing off the archipelago on Wednesday morning.

Nguyen Quoc Chinh, chairman of the An Hai Commune Fishing Union in the province's Ly Son Island District, said that Bui Van Phai, the captain of the ship 96382, had confirmed that his boat was driven away by two Chinese ships on March 13.

After being scared away from the sea area, the two fishing boats returned to the province’s Ly Son Island, Chinh said.

Two days earlier, March 11, two another boats, also from Quang Ngai, faced the same situation.

Bui Tan Thanh, the captain of the QNg 96679 TS boat, said when his boat, with 18 fishermen on board, was operating off Linh Con Island, a part of Hoang Sa, a Chinese ship appeared and scared his boat away by using hose reels to spray water into his vessel.

The Chinese ship was escorted by a Chinese marine police boat that used a loudspeaker to deliver a warning in Vietnamese that the fishing boat had to leave the sea area, Thanh said.

Le Khoi, the owner of another boat, said a Chinese ship had sprayed water through hose reels into his boat, causing the cabin’s window to be broken

The crew of the boat had to pump water out and sailed as fast as possible towards Ly Son Island, Khoi said.

As previously reported, at a regular press briefing in Hanoi on March 7, Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Luong Thanh Nghi affirmed Vietnam’s sovereignty over Hoang Sa and Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelagoes.

Vietnam would oppose all actions in the region that take place without permission and consider them as violations of the country’s sovereignty, Nghi said.

Source: tuoitrenews


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