A disturbing video appearing to show men desperately clinging on to the wreckage of a small boat while being shot and killed at sea has emerged on YouTube.

The video, which has not been verified, appears to show fishermen being murdered as they struggle to stay afloat.

The horrific footage, which is too violent to publish in full, lasts for 10 minutes and 26 seconds.A Fijian police spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia: 'We can confirm that we have seen the video and are investigating it.'

Three fishing boats appear in the water, including a Taiwanese tuna longliner, as a man aboard another boat films the shootings in the sea.Heavy gunfire can be heard at the beginning of the video and around three minutes in the first men floating in the choppy water appear.

Voices coming from the boat that the video is filmed on, translated by ONE News, appear to yell in Vietnamese: 'If you see anyone, just kill'.Over the tannoy another voice shouts: 'Look ahead there, one and two.'
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