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Eight Filipino seamen arrested for threatening crew member

2012/08/11 17:10:03

Kaohsiung, Aug. 11 (CNA) Taiwan's Coast Guard Administration (CGA) said Saturday it has arrested eight Filipino crew members on a Taiwanese fishing boat after they allegedly threatened to kill the vessel's chief engineer.

The fishing boat from Donggang Township in southern Taiwan's Pingtung County was escorted back to port after the Taiwanese engineer Hsu Chin-sheng and the captain Kuo Chao-ming reported the threat on Aug. 6, the CGA said.

Some Filipinos made the threat while others staged a mutiny after Kuo refused to sail to the Philippines to obtain medical treatment for a crew member who had a skin inflammation, according to Chu Ying-chi, deputy head of the Coast Guard unit that made the arrest.

Kuo and Hsu, noticing that one the fishing knives was missing, locked themselves in a cabin and sent out a distress call from a location about 650 nautical miles southeast of Cape Eluanbi on Taiwan's southern tip, the CGA said. Coast Guard officers spent two days searching for the boat and eventually found it Wednesday about 334 nautical miles off Cape Eluanbi.

The sick Filipino crew member was taken to hospital for treatment after the boat docked in Taiwan late Friday, while eight others are under investigation, the CGA said.

(By Chen Che-fon and Maia Huang)