Posted on February 21, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
One Filipino crew member was killed, and another seriously injured when a violent knife fight broke out aboard a Taiwanese fishing vessel in the Indian Ocean.
Following the attack, most of the remaining crew of 24 seafarers jumped overboard in order to escape the assailant.
The incident occurred during the early morning hours of February the 20th.
At approximately 03:00 am local time, the Captain of the Taiwanese fishing vessel, WEN PENG, sent a distress call reporting that 1 Filipino crew member went violent, attacking fellow crew members with a knife.
According to initial reports, the attacker would not let anyone near the victim and would go on to throw the body off the ship.
In turn, the Captain proceeded to lock himself in the bridge while the Chief Engineer locked himself in the engine room.
A nearby Taiwanese vessel responded to the distress call and managed to successfully save four seafarers from the sea.
"Many of the crew members were forced off the ship, but we don't know how many are in the waters,” the Taiwanese Coast Guard said in a statement.
Rescuers from the nearby ship were prevented from boarding the distressed vessel by the attacker, who was seen wielding a metal bar as a weapon.
Australia has dispatched a military plane in order to assist with the search, reported Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry.
Taiwan Coast Guard has dispatched a rescue ship but warned that it would take them at least 13 days to arrive at the scene.