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Vietnamese fishing boat seized, crew arrested 

Jun 08. 2020
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By The Nation

The 2nd Naval Area Command, or Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Centre 2, has seized a Vietnamese fishing boat and arrested its crew of six who were found fishing illegally in Thai territorial waters.

Rear Admiral Suranan Saengrattanakul, deputy commander of the 2nd Naval Area Command and deputy director of Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Centre Area 2, said that after the HTMS Prachuap Khiri Khan and the Vietnamese fishing boat docked at Songkhla Naval Base, the boat crew of six was screened for Covid-19 to ensure they were not infected.

“On Saturday, we appointed HTMS Prachuap Khiri Khan that was on patrol to search for a foreign fishing boat that had intruded into Thai territorial waters for fishing,” he said. “At 2pm of the same day, the HTMS Prachuap Khiri Khan seized a Vietnamese fishing boat with its six crew.” 

He added that so far in fiscal year 2020, the Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Centre has seized 21 vessels intruding into Thai territorial waters.

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