Border guards in the central province of Phu Yen Thursday said they are investigating the alleged arrest of nine local fishermen by a foreign naval force in the waters off Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago the day before.
Colonel Nguyen Van Tham, political commissar of the Phu Yen Border Guards, said the information was provided by Vo Mua, whose son was the boat's captain.
Mua said that day Vo Van Sy, captain of another fishing boat, called him on a ICOM radio device, saying that his son, Vo Van Tu, 31, was arrested together with eight other fishermen at around 3 p.m. when whey were fishing.
Further information about the case was unavailable.
In other news, the People's Committee of Pho Quang Commune in the central province of Quang Ngai Thursday said a boat with nine fishermen on board were attacked by Chinese ship No. 44861.
They were then fishing in the waters off the Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago on July 5.
Initial information showed that at first the ship chased the Vietnam boat before releasing a canoe with ten people on board.
The people, armed with guns and clubs, then boarded the fishing boat skippered by Nguyen Thua. They took around one ton of fish before chasing the Vietnamese boat away.
So far, the fishermen were yet to return home, the authorities said.