Thailand’s Navy intercepts one of three Vietnamese fishing boats in Gulf

Coast off Nakhon Si Thammarat, photo by Thaizer.

Yesterday, Thailand’s navy intercepted one of three Vietnamese fishing boats seen in the Gulf of Thailand on Tuesday night. The navy first tried firing warning shots at three ships. The ships ignored the warning and fled. The navy managed to catch one of the ships yesterday, and arrested five people for illegally fishing in Thai waters. The five face charges for this.

The navy seized the ship 42 nautical miles off Koh Kra. The navy confiscated the ship, and tested the five people for Covid-19. All tested negative. The ship broke down as the navy was escorting it to the Songkhla naval base, although navy engineers have now repaired it.

The three ships were first seen off the coast of Nakhon Si Thammarat.

Just yesterday, another Vietnamese man attempted to sail through the Bay of Bengal from Phuket to India on an inflatable boat. The man wanted to see his wife who he hadn’t seen in two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite a cyclone stirring in the Bay of Bangal, he managed to survive for 18 days with 10 packs of noodles, a tank of water, and some luggage. Navy officials in the Similan Islands rescued the man and took him to Similan Islands National Park.

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SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.

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