6 Mar 2003

Mutiny on Fiji fishing vessel

11:24 am on 6 March 2003

The mostly Fijian crew of a fishing vessel are reported to have mutinied on the high seas after the captain allegedly refused to feed them.

The Fiji Times says the mutiny occurred on the Winful No 1 while it was fishing in Vanuatu waters.

The crew are quoted as saying they were forced to take the action because the Asian captain and cook ignored their concerns that they had been without food for two days.

The Fiji Marine Board is expected to conduct an enquiry into the incident.