Thirty-three Vietnamese stowaways who had planned to land in Pingtung have been caught, along with five crew members. The whereabouts of the remaining three are still unknown. Prosecutors have applied to detain the captain of the boat.
Coast Guard personnel lead five Vietnamese stowaways out of a forest near Pingtung's Baisha Bay. The Coast Guard came across a Taiwanese fishing boat carrying Vietnamese stowaways off the coast of Kenting on the 15th. Authorities believe the stowaways were picked up in China.
They are picked up by Taiwanese fishing boats in China and brought here illegally via the Taiwan Strait. According to the boat captain, he had 36 stowaways on board. We currently have 33 in custody and there are probably three still at large.
The Coast Guard captured 28 stowaways and five crew members on the 15th, and another five stowaways on the 16th. Prosecutors are seeking to detain the captain of the boat.
These are major violations of immigration laws and we are still looking for accomplices. We are also investigation witness collusion. A (male crew member) surnamed Tsai has been questioned and released on NT$50,000 bail.
The Pingtung County Public Health Bureau says none of the stowaways in custody has a fever. The Coast Guard and Hengchun police are looking for the three stowaways still at large.