A Chinese fishing boat was given warnings and chased out of Vietnamese waters after it was found operating near an island off the central province of Quang Tri, local border defense forces said on Tuesday.
The Border Defense Command of Quang Tri Province said that the border defense post on Con Co Island had warned and driven away a Chinese fishing vessel found operating near the island, well within Vietnam’s territorial waters.
Located 27 kilometers off Vietnam’s central coast, Con Co Island is one of the country's smallest island districts with a population of fewer than 1,000.
After receiving notifications from local fishermen, the border defense force of Con Co set off in pursuit of the intruding Chinese boat before catching up with the vessel an hour later at coordinates 17o10’N 107o11’E, around three nautical miles north of the island.
The Chinese fishing boat number 13177 was captained by 53-year-old Li Ka Feng, who was made to sign and have his fingerprints printed on the corresponding coordinates on the map.
The force also gave warnings and confiscated 15 compartments of fish, five fishing systems, and chased the ship out of Vietnamese waters.