Fishermen from the central province of Quang Ngai have reported another attack by two unidentified boats in Vietnamese waters, and a military officer said they were Taiwanese.
Nguyen Thanh Bien, captain of a fishing boat, said two foreign patrol vessels rammed and shoot water cannons at his boat on January 6 when it was anchored four nautical miles from Son Ca island in Vietnam’s Truong Sa Archipelago.
“When I saw the boats, I guessed it was bad news and tried to sail away, but they kept chasing us and shooting water at us,” Tuoi Tre newspaper quoted him as saying.
He said one of the chasing vessels rammed into the starboard side of his boat thrice, damaging some equipment.
The chase stopped after half an hour when the fishing approached Son Ca, he said, showing a video clip on his phone.
Lt Col Pham Xuan Trung, chief commander of Son Ca, said he has dispatched a team to investigate but “we are sure the attacking boats were Taiwanese.”
They were the same boats his unit had ordered off Vietnamese waters several times, he said.
Vietnamese fishermen have in recent times often been harassed at sea, mostly by Chinese vessels.