HA NOI (VNS) - On May 7, Viet Nam's fishing boat QNg 96416-TS, carrying 16 fishermen on board from central Quang Ngai province, was attacked by Chinese ships when it was operating in its regular fishing grounds in Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago, suffering damage to its sides and cabin.
The incident occurred as the boat was fishing at 16 degrees 50 minutes north latitude and 112 degrees 49 minutes east longitude, about 10 nautical miles from Linh Con Island which belongs to Viet Nam's Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago.
Chinese ship 1241 suddenly appeared, fired flares and then a water cannon at the Vietnamese boat. Those on the Chinese vessel threw many heavy objects, including hammers and large bolts, at the fishing boat.
A Chinese fishery surveillance vessel then rammed the Vietnamese ship, smashing its right side and cabin wall. Losses are estimated at VND890 million (US$41,800).
At 11pm on May 16, Viet Nam fishing boat QNg 90205-TS's regular operation in its traditional fishing ground in the archipelago was disrupted by a Chinese ship coded 306.
This happened at 16 degrees 55 minutes north latitude and 112 degrees 21 minutes east longitude near Phu Lam Island, which belongs to Viet Nam.
Vietnamese fishermen were then beaten by crew members of the Chinese ship while their property, including satellite positioning and communications equipment, was taken away.
The attack left fishermen Nguyen Huyen Le Anh and Nguyen Tan Hai seriously injured.
On May 17, Viet Nam fishing boat QNg 96011-TS with 13 fishermen on board was attacked by Chinese ship 21102 while it was operating at 15 degrees 16 minutes north latitude and 111 degrees 18 minutes east longitude.
This was about 31 nautical miles from Tri Ton Island in the Hoang Sa archipelago. Property and fishing tools on board were seized. Losses are estimated at VND50 million ($2,350)
In the most recent incident on Monday, Chinese ship 11209 sank a Vietnamese fishing boat with 10 members on board in Viet Nam's waters.
The Vietnamese boat DNa 90152, from the central city of Da Nang, was operating in its traditional fishing grounds when it was rammed by China's ship 11209.
The location at 15 degrees 16 minutes 42 seconds north latitude and 111 degrees 1 minute 30 seconds east longitude is a well-known fishing area for Vietnamese fishermen. All 10 sailors were rescued by Vietnamese coast guards and fishery surveillance ships. — VNS