The sailors said the boats are Thai-owned, with Aakhom Sridaoruang, 43, the lead investor from Trat. Their journey began March 10 in Trat and the sailors are paid 2,000-3,000 baht each for the trip.
The Royal Thai Navy has arrested 9 Cambodians fishing illegally in Thai waters.
Vice Adm. Rungsak Saereesawat said the Cambodians illegally entered the kingdom to work on the boat. The sailors will be deported and the navy plans to track down the boat owners.