Possibly hijacked Taiwanese vessel located
Central News Agency
2014-06-23 10:59 PM
Jakarta, June 23 (CNA) A Taiwanese fishing boat that might have been hijacked by its Indonesian crew has been located, Taiwan's representative office in Indonesia said Monday. The office said that according to the data provided by satellite phone suppliers, the ship was located 64 nautical miles northwest of Pantar of Nusa Tenggara Timur, an island just west of Timor-Leste and about 1,200 kilometers east of the island of Java. Chang Liang-jen, Taiwan's representative to Indonesia, asked Indonesian rescue authorities to help search the ship and worked with Indonesian police and immigration authorities to prepare for follow-up action to help shed light on the case. Registered in Donggang, Pingtung County, the vessel set out from Palau for the Solomon Islands 10 days ago. It was skippered by Taiwanese Chen Chih-wen and crewed by 12 Indonesians. Indonesian authorities speculated that the boat might be heading for Java as all the crew are from the Indonesian island. (By Jay Chou and Lilian Wu)
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