Graphic Video Emerged of Brutal Murder At Sea [Video]

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By Athena Yenko | August 20, 2014 9:46 AM EST

A graphic video of a brutal murder done at sea had emerged of YouTube Monday.

The disturbing video showed men, believed to be Fijian fishermen, being shot at as they desperately cling to debris for safety. The men shooting were aboard several tuna fishing boats that surround the victims. Blood is clearly seen in the water.

Interpreters for Television New Zealand identified Taiwanese, Thai and Vietnamese voices from the video.

A man can be heard giving instruction to shoot. Another man instructed for the man shooting to kill anyone he sees as two of the victims were seen swimming.

On the side of one of the boats, Chinese characters read "Safety is number one."

The murderers were laughing as they conduct the shooting. They even took selfie shots of themselves after the shooting.

The video was uploaded by YouTube user "commonkingssavou" with the caption saying "Fishing vessel fijian crew gettin shot, outside fiji waters (sic)".

The video had been viewed more than 20,000 times.

Fiji police officials had already sought the help of the Interpol with investigations. Investigations proved to be difficult for the police as there are no leads to identify the victims. Even the exact location and time of the murder were yet to be established.

Fiji assistant police commissioner, Rusiate Tudravu, said that it is still premature to release official statement on the video as no formal complaints were yet to be filed.

Speaking on ABC's on The World Today programme, the president of the Fiji Tuna Boat Owners Association, Graham Southwick, said that the video reflects the harsh reality that crew members experience at sea.

He said that in as much as the incident in the video is extremely unusual, such fights and murders happening on the high seas on fishing boats are common occurrences.

"In the Pacific, there'd probably be half a dozen a year at least, but usually it's the result of some sort of a conflict or fight or something on the boat, and the report usually comes back that either he fell over the side or whatever and then there's nothing much anybody can do very much about it," he said.

He added that those who died of natural causes were usually kept in the freezer.


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