By Ethel Mensah, Tema
One fisherman, has been stabbed to death and three other persons missing, after a Chinese fishing vessel, LU Rong Yuan YU 917, was hijacked by pirates in the Togolese waters last week.
The boat Lu Rong Yuan Yu 917, had twenty two Ghanaians and six Chinese crew members on board at the time of the hijack.
According to Liutenant Comander Victor Fiankor, who is the commanding officer of the Ghana Navy Ship Blika Chemle revealed that, the navy was collaborating with their Togolese counterparts to search for the three missing crew members, who are suspected to be hiding somewhere in Togo.
In a media briefing at the Tema Ports, Lt. Fianko told the media that, on Tuesday his outfit received information that a suspected hijacked vessel, had been abandoned and was heading towards Ghanaian waters.
Upon receiving the call, a patrol team was dispatched to the eastern border of Ghana, where the vessel was intercepted and brought to the Tema fishing harbour.
Lt Fianko, noted that upon a search conducted on the hijacked vessel, one of the crew members, was found dead and the body was at Togo morgue, pending Autopsy and
three others are feared missing.
When intercepted, there were four crew members on board with three dressed and one half naked.
When a search was conducted in the vessel, 10 homemade explosives, two riffles, 71 rounds of ammunitions, two navigational chats, three explosives fuse, one empty cartridge, one torchlight, one handbag and two cigarette sticks were found.
He revealed that the navy was able to locate the vessel due to the vessel trafficking monitoring surveying system (VMS), a device used in monitoring vessels.
The fishermen, who are feared missing are; Isaac Bentil, Daniel Oppong, and Kwao Yankoma and the deceased is Emmanuel Gyasi.
Meanwhile, the a counselor at the Chinese Embassy, Li Jiang, who spoke on behalf of the Chinese Ambassador, has expressed gratitude to the Ghana navy and all relevant government authorities and other collaboratingcountries for the important roles they plaid in dealing with the hijacked vessel, thus reminded the Chinese fishing companies in Ghana of strengthening the awareness and capability in risk prevention.
He sympathized with the sailors and assured them of the Chinese embassy’s commitment to the fisher folks in the country.