Vietnamese fishing boat seized near Sattahip

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The Royal Thai Navy seized a Vietnamese fishing boat caught for the second time illegally trawling waters off Sattahip.

While patrolling the upper Gulf of Thailand, the HTMS Kraburi discovered a green Vietnamese boat carrying nine crew members about 25 miles off Hin Chalam. After further investigation, Navy personnel discovered the HTMS Tapi had chased the same boat out of the gulf in April.

The Royal Thai Navy brings in a Vietnamese fishing boat caught illegally trawling near Sattahip. The Royal Thai Navy brings in a Vietnamese fishing boat caught illegally trawling near Sattahip.

At the time, the Tapi crew only gave the Vietnamese fishermen a warning, as it was their first offense. This time, however, the vessel was escorted back to the Sattahip Marine Police pier and its crew arrested on illegal fishing and immigration charges. The Vietnamese embassy was contacted with hopes that no further breaches of the two countries fishing agreements would occur.