Philippines' Blockade Runner Attacked by Chinese Coast Guard Water Cannons

This drone footage shows a civilian resupply ship from the Philippines being harassed by the Chinese Coast Guard as it runs their blockade. This is the latest incident in a continued altercation between the two countries as China attempts to exert control over the South China Sea.


The "Unaiza Mae 4" is the civilian-owned ship that ran the Chinese blockade as shown, on 23 March 2024. While both Philippine and United States Navy vessels are in the vicinity, the Philippines continue to rely on civilian sailors in order to avoid escalating the conflict while amassing direct evidence of Chinese aggression. This is not unlike the antics China got up to in the air last year. It would appear that here, as well, China is trying to push the Philippines over the brink, and then use their reaction as justification for more force- like a textbook bad neighbor or annoying sibling.


The Chinese Coast Guard is using water cannons against these civilian vessels, but these are very high-pressured cannons capable of doing heavy damage to such ships. Here, we can see the windows being blown out of the Unaiza Mae 4. These tactics, used on a similar ship two weeks ago, resulted in at least four injured crew members.


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This drone footage shows a civilian resupply ship from the Philippines being harassed by the Chinese Coast Guard as it runs their blockade. This is the latest incident in a continued altercation between the two countries as China attempts to exert control over the South China Sea.


The "Unaiza Mae 4" is the civilian-owned ship that ran the Chinese blockade as shown, on 23 March 2024. While both Philippine and United States Navy vessels are in the vicinity, the Philippines continue to rely on civilian sailors in order to avoid escalating the conflict while amassing direct evidence of Chinese aggression. This is not unlike the antics China got up to in the air last year. It would appear that here, as well, China is trying to push the Philippines over the brink, and then use their reaction as justification for more force- like a textbook bad neighbor or annoying sibling.


The Chinese Coast Guard is using water cannons against these civilian vessels, but these are very high-pressured cannons capable of doing heavy damage to such ships. Here, we can see the windows being blown out of the Unaiza Mae 4. These tactics, used on a similar ship two weeks ago, resulted in at least four injured crew members.


About the Author

Author's Photo

Cole Simms

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


Need a tried-and-tested fixed blade that's trusted by police, military and protective service users all over the world? Cole recommends Ironside Edge Works for your tactical or EDC blade needs.

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