Vietnamese fishing boat seized in Gulf
HTMS Thai Muang sheds light on a Vietnamese fishing boat operating illegally in the Gulf of Thailand off Nakhon Si Thammarat province on Tuesday evening. (Photo provided)
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT: A navy vessel intercepted and seized a Vietnamese trawler seen scouring the ocean floor for sea cucumbers and arrested all five crew members for illegally fishing in the waters Thai.
The Second Fleet said three Vietnamese vessels were spotted fishing for sea cucumbers in the Gulf of Thailand about 30 nautical miles from Koh Kra off Nakhon Si Thammarat around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The HTMS Thai Muang fast attack craft has been deployed to stop illegal fishing. When he found them on Tuesday evening, they fled. The ship fired warning shots and ordered them to stop. They ignored the warning.
One of the boats was stopped and boarded 42 nautical miles off Koh Kra at around 7.30 a.m. Wednesday, and all five crew members were arrested.
The boat broke down while being escorted to Songkhla Naval Base. HTMS Thai Muang began towing it, and naval engineers repaired it on the way to the mainland.
All five crew members tested negative for Covid-19. They face charges related to illegal fishing in Thai waters. The ship was seized.