Pattaya Daily News

15 September 2012 :: 15:09:47 pm 66569

Thai Navy Hooks Straying Vietnamese Fishing Boats

The Royal Thai Navy captured 12 Vietnamese fishing boats caught trespassing in Thai territorial waters. A total of 108 crewmembers were detained. However, many other Vietnamese boats escaped when they saw the approaching Thai warships.
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SATTAHIP – September 14, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 2:30 p.m., a command was issued to coordinate forces to capture Vietnamese fishing boats trespassing in Thai territorial waters by Vice Admiral Chumphol Wongvekin, director of the center of operating to protect the welfare of the country in the sea, region 1.

In charge of the cooperative enforcement operation were Rear Admiral Chainarong Chaowisate, Chief of Staff, navy section 1; Captain Arthorn Kleubmas, Deputy Chief of Staff; Captain Phanom Kuanpradit, director, Operations Division, Navy section 1; and Mr. Angkun Rattanaprom, the director of the Center of Administering Fishery in Thai bay, eastern part, Rayong province.

The Navy commanders invited related organizations such as the sea police, immigration police, and the fishery department, to join in apprehending the encroaching Vietnamese fishing boats.

To capture the Vietnamese boats, the Navy deployed a Sea Hawk plane, two Jakkrinareubet Royal boats, a Chaopraya Royal boat, a Kirirat Royal boat and a Taimuang Royal boat with rubber boats.

Special Operations naval officers directed the Sea Hawk plane to survey the Vietnamese boats that were dispersed around the northern Thai bay in two groups.

 

One cluster of boats was about 40 sea miles south of Koh Samet, Rayong province, and the other cluster was 50 sea miles south of Koh Juang, Sattahip, Chonburi province.

Later, Captain Phanom Kuanpradit, the director of Operations Division, navy section 1, reported that the Sea Hawk plane found many Vietnamese fishing boats floating in the sea, spaced about 3 miles apart from each other.

The captain dispatched the Chaophraya Royal boat to Koh Samed, and also sent the Kirirat Royal boat and Taimuang Royal boat to Koh Juang.

However, when the Vietnamese fishing boats saw the plane and approaching Thai warships, they began fleeing the area and many boats escaped.

But the Thai naval ships managed to capture a total of 12 Vietnamese fishing boats containing 108 crewmembers. The Vietnamese fishing boats were herded to the port at the Center of Conserving the Sea, Rayong province.

The Thai government will prosecute the offending fishermen with an accusation of trespassing in Thai territorial waters without permission for fishing.

The Vietnamese boats were poaching in Thai territorial waters in the specific economic region reserved for Thai fishing boats to ensure stability in harvesting seafood for the benefit of the country.

Vice Admiral Chumphol Wongvekin, the Commissioner of Navy section 1, revealed that there are many Vietnamese fishing boats who have been trespassing Thai territorial waters, which extends for 200 sea miles from Thai shorelines.

These poaching boats are depleting the seafood stock meant for Thai fishermen, which ultimately harm the country. He said the Thai navy will operate to follow up to continually arrest trespassers in Thai territorial waters.

Reporter : Nattaphummint   Photo : Nattaphummint   Category : Crime News

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