Viet boat caught poaching
SEVEN Vietnamese fishermen were arrested and their vessel impounded after they were caught poaching by a Philippine Navy gun boat off Currimao, Ilocos Norte, the Navy said on Friday.
Navy Capt. Albert Mogol, commander of Naval Task Force 40, reported that the Vietnamese fishing vessel, with body number DB97135TS, was intercepted by navy gunboat PS-36 off Currimao at about 4:06 p.m. Thursday.
Mogol said PS 36 was conducting search and rescue operations for 13 Filipino fishermen who went missing at the height of Typhoon “Kabayan’’ last week when they discovered the Vietnamese vessel.
Mogol said PS-36 tried to radio the Vietnamese craft but instead of responding, it executed an evasive maneuvers prompting navy boat to pursue the vessel conducted a Visit, Board, Search and Seizure (VBSS) procedure.
During the VBSS, they found seven crewmen without pertinent documents and identification papers and upon inspection, discovered an undetermined number of marine products.
Local authorities in Currimao town identified the Vietnamese crewmen as Trian Brioe Bao, 34; Nho Xin, 39; Phan Gien Quoc, 38; Dang Quoc Hung, 41; Le Van Tho, 32 and two other minors.
The crewmen were taken for physical and medical examination at the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center in Batac, Ilocos Norte. The fishing vessel is currently anchored at the Currimaro port.
During an inventory of the fishing boat’s cargo, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources representatives, headed by Olivia Ledda, along with Bureau of Immigration field officer Ferry Michael Pancho, found the vessel laden with various marine products, including manta rays, tuna and sharks’ fins.
He said the crewmen will be turn over to the representatives of the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Bureau of Immigration and Ilocos Norte Provincial Committee for Illegal Entrant with the assistance of Coast Guard Station Currimao for proper disposition.