7 Remains Confirmed as Vietnamese Nationals 西部沿海20遺體 研判7越籍涉偷渡

P. Hsu
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14 Vietnamese nationals were suspected of being smuggled into Taiwan a few days ago. Seven of them were found dead on the west coast, and the life and death of the other seven people are currently unknown.


The Coast Guard dispatched drones to carry out coastal inspections. 20 bodies were recovered on the west coast in just over a month. Except for the nine Taiwanese who committed suicide or fell into the sea, seven were identified as Vietnamese. Prosecutors found a group photo of 14 people on the body of a deceased. Using a missing persons list provided by the Vietnamese government, investigators determined that they were on the same boat and were suspected of smuggling into Taiwan.

Lin Hung-sung, Director, Clerk Div., Taiwan High Prosecutors Office: “We are still clarifying what kind of ship they traveled on and the place where they were smuggled into Taiwan.”

The four remains that have not yet been identified are still being compared. Are they also Vietnamese nationals being smuggled? Prosecutors did not rule out the possibility. However, there are media reports that a Fujian wooden ship was found off the coast of Chiayi's Budai. The boat is suspected to be a smuggler's boat. The people traveled from North Vietnam to China's Fujian by train. They then purchased a boat together to smuggle into Taiwan, or they were arranged by a smuggling group to switch to a wooden boat after crossing the median line of the Taiwan Strait. However, the Coast Guard refuted this.

Budai Fisherman: “I haven't seen any fiberglass or wooden boats lately.”

The Maritime Port Bureau pointed out a small boat was seized off Changhua's coast in early March. There was no one on board. After confirmation, the fiberglass boat was a Chinese ship that was reported missing. The ship's owner has given up the claim of the ship and entrusted the Taiwanese government to deal with it. However, the ship reappeared after more than three months of being reported as missing. Investigators are still clarifying whether it is related to this smuggling case.

Liu Mei-li, Director of PR, Maritime Port Bureau: “This fishing boat is from China. It was stranded at the mouth of Zhuoshui Creek off the coast of Changhua's Dacheng Township. Ships sailing in this area should pay attention and maintain navigation safety.”

The whole case is complicated and confusing, and there are still many questions to be solved. In addition to confirming the identities of the remaining bodies, relevant units also need to investigate whether they were accidentally killed while being smuggled, or pushed into the sea by smugglers.  

 

 

海巡出動無人機展開岸際巡查,在西部沿海短短一個多月就查獲20具遺體,除了9名台人輕生或落海,有7具確定為越南籍。檢警從死者身上還疑似找到一張14人合照,比對越南官方提供的失聯名單,研判就屬同一艘船,涉嫌偷渡來台。

高檢署書記官長林宏松說:「他們是搭乘什麼樣的船隻、從什麼地方可能涉嫌偷渡的一個地點,我們還在進一步釐清當中。」

尚未查明的4具遺體仍在做比對,是不是也為越南籍偷渡成員?檢方不排除可能性。不過有平面媒體報導,海巡在嘉義布袋外海發現一艘福建木殼船,懷疑就是偷渡船隻。從北越搭火車到中國福建,集資購買船隻後直接搭船偷渡來台,或者透過人蛇集團安排,到海峽中線後才改搭木殼船,但海巡署對此駁斥。

嘉義縣布袋漁民表示:「玻璃纖維的船還是木船,(最近)應該都沒看到。」

另外航港局在3月初曾發布礙航公告,指出在彰化外海查獲一艘擱置小船,船上沒有人;經過確認後,這艘璃纖維小船是中國的福鼎號,在去年底通報失蹤,船東已經放棄所有權,委請我方處理。只是船隻超過3個月再現蹤跡,跟這次的偷渡案有沒有關聯,辦案人員還在釐清。

航港局新聞科長劉美里指出:「這漁船是大陸籍的,擱淺在彰化大城鄉的外海的濁水溪口,請航行船舶注意避讓,以維航行安全。」

只見全案撲朔迷離,還有許多疑點未解開,現在除了要查明其餘遺體身分,相關單位也要調查,是搭船偷渡意外遇難,還是遭遇人蛇集團推下海死亡。