Crewmen onboard a Chinese boat that illegally fished in Vietnamese waters in Quang Binh Province on July 18, 2016. Photo: Hue Minh
Border guards in the central province of Quang Binh said Thursday they turned away six Chinese fishing boats that were caught in Vietnamese waters several days ago.
On Monday morning the local border guard agency was informed by local fishers that the Chinese boats were fishing illegally in the waters around 20 nautical miles north of Con Co Island, or around 10 nautical miles from a joint fishing area’s demarcation line.
Around noon, two boats carrying 16 officers approached the Chinese boats.
When the Vietnamese boats came near, Chinese boats sped up to flee. Vietnamese officers chased after them.
They jumped onboard the boats and informed 24 crew members on the Chinese vessels that they had violated Vietnamese territorial waters. They ordered the crews to sign a report on the violation.
All of the crewmen failed to produce papers.
The boats were asked to leave immediately.