Fishermen from Quang Ngai Province in central Vietnam have reported being attacked by Chinese boats when they were sailing in Vietnamese waters around Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands.
Nguyen Tuan, the 50-year-old boat captain, filed a complaint to local coast guards after coming back to shore Saturday.
Tuan said his boat with eight men aboard were chased and hit by three Chinese boats during the journey from May 23.
On Thursday, one of them chased his boat for three hours before suddenly ramming into it at around noon, breaking it on the right side.
The Chinese boat sailed around for another 15 minutes before leaving, Tuan said.
A crew member said they were panicked and were screaming a lot after being hit.
“We were afraid that the boat would sink. If the Chinese boat hit us one more time, we might have died,” he said.
The crew members also provided video footage of the attack.
Quang Ngai coast guards are still investigating their complaint. The province’s fishing association has promised to provide financial support to fix the boat.
The QNg 95821TS fishing boat reaches Tinh Ky fishing prot in Quang Ngai Province on June 18, 2016, two days after it was hit by a Chinese boat while sailing in Vietnamese waters around Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands. Photo: Hien Cu/Thanh Nien