Fishing boat returns for murder investigation

Taipei, A Taiwanese fishing boat from which an Indonesian worker was tossed into sea following clashes on board with another co-worker while operating near Guam returned to Taiwan Wednesday for a probe into the incident, a Pingtung prosecutor said that day.

The Ming Man Hsiang No. 38 fishing boat, registered in Liuqiu Township of Pingtung County, southern Taiwan, was escorted back by a Coast Guard Administration (CGA) vessel to Pingtung, along with its captain surnamed Ku and nine other Indonesian crew members.

Pingtung prosecutors and police investigators boarded the ship to collect evidence and interrogated the crew shortly after it arrived in Pingtung.

The Indonesian worker who was stabbed and pushed overboard remains missing following the fight, which took place May 17, when the vessel was operating some 560 nautical miles northeast of Guam.

The CGA boat went to rescue the boat, which had run out of fuel, later that same day after the captain reported the incident to the Tung Kang Fishermen's Association in Pingtung and the Fisheries Agency under the Council of Agriculture.

Following the incident, the suspected killer was confined on the boat by the captain and closely monitored by other crew members.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel