A man was arrested at Taichung Harbor yesterday after crossing the Taiwan Strait from Fujian Province, China in an outboard-motor-powered inflatable boat.
Coast Guard officers and harbor police were alerted to the man’s arrival at the Taichung Harbor West Warf at around 2:00 am yesterday.
The 33-year-old man named Zhou said that he is from Sichuan Province and had purchased the boat and motor on Huabao.com for RMB16,000. He also purchased four fuel containers with a capacity of 125 liters. Zhou departed from Shishi City, Fujian Province April 30, and had experienced a smooth journey. Zhou said that he had navigated the 180 kilometer trip using his mobile phone compass.
Lightly dressed, tired, and hungry, workers at the port immediately supplied him with a jacket and some food while waiting for the Coast Guard to arrive.
Zhou said that he had not committed any crimes, and was not a wanted criminal, but had made the dangerous journey because he yearned for freedom and democracy.
Zhou was taken to a detention center for quarantine and will face charges for breaching Article 74 of the Immigration Act.
Taiwan English News is an independent publication with no corporate funding. Subscribe to Taiwan English News to receive the latest news via email. Advertising queries are welcome. Share, like, or comment below.