Malaysian maritime authorities have arrested 16 Vietnamese fishermen from two boats they mentioned had been encroaching in Malaysia’s waters and not using a license, the Bernama state information company reported. The fishermen and their boats had been detained off Terengganu state, on the east coast of peninsular Malaysia, on Friday, the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Company (MMEA) mentioned.
“Checks carried out on the 2 boats discovered that 16 crew members together with the skippers, aged 18 to 62, didn’t have any legitimate identification paperwork nor possessed any licence to fish within the nation’s waters,” Terengganu MMEA director Captain Muhammad Suffi Mohd Ramli was reported as saying. “Two boats, fishing gear, catch and diesel provide had been additionally seized,” he mentioned.
Malaysia and Vietnam are two of the international locations which have over-lapping claims to components of the South China Sea. China claims a lot of the waterway. The fishermen, who had been suspected of utilizing pretend registration numbers, had been taken for novel coronavirus swab assessments earlier than being detained, Muhammad Suffi mentioned.
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