More Vietnamese fishing boats seized in Thai waters

By Lam Yen, Thanh Nien News

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Thai naval officers guard the 38 Vietnamese crewmen held after the seizure of seven Vietnamese fishing boats off Nakhon Si Thammarat province on March 24. Photo credit: Bangkok Post Thai naval officers guard the 38 Vietnamese crewmen held after the seizure of seven Vietnamese fishing boats off Nakhon Si Thammarat province on March 24. Photo credit: Bangkok Post

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The Thai navy Saturday seized five Vietnamese fishing boats with 47 men on board for allegedly illegally entering Thai waters.
Vice Admiral Rangsarit Sattayanukul, commander of the 1st Regional Command, said at a press conference Sunday that the crew are being held in a police station in Chonburi Province, 200 km from Bangkok.
Four of the five boats are from Ca Mau Province and the other is from Kien Giang Province, both in the Mekong Delta.
Just a day earlier Thai authorities had seized two Vietnamese fishing boats with 12 fishermen in Songkhla Province 968 km south of Bangkok. A Vietnamese interpreter for Thai officers told Thanh Nien that one of the crew panicked and jumped into the sea and was yet to be found.
The remaining men were taken to a local police station.

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