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Vietnam border guards catch ship smuggling diesel in 40-minute chase with gunfire

Vietnam border guards catch ship smuggling diesel in 40-minute chase with gunfire

Monday, March 15, 2021, 14:40 GMT+7
Vietnam border guards catch ship smuggling diesel in 40-minute chase with gunfire
This supplied photo shows a border guard from the Con Dao border post firing a gun in the air to stop a suspicious fishing vessel in the waters off Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province, Vietnam, March 13, 2021.

Border guards in Vietnam said they had opened fire in a 40-minute chase to catch a fishing vessel carrying fuel of unknown origin in Vietnamese waters on the weekend.

Officers from the Con Dao border post, in collaboration with drug and crime prevention forces in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, signaled the vessel numbered ST 92627TS from the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang to pull over for a random inspection off Con Dao Islands on Saturday afternoon.

However, the fishing ship did not obey the command and accelerated away from the functional forces.

After around 40 minutes in pursuit at sea, the functional forces were able to stop the fishing ship by firing a gun in the air.

Checking the suspicious vessel, the officers discovered about 3,000 liters of diesel oil in its cabin.

This supplied video shows a border guard from the Con Dao border post firing a gun in the air to stop a suspicious fishing vessel in the waters off Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province, Vietnam, March 13, 2021.

However, 29-year-old captain Le Thanh Tu, hailing from Kien Giang Province, failed to provide legal documents proving this oil’s origin upon request. 

The border guards of Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province thus booked Tu for his administrative violations.

They have also continued to investigate and handle the case according to regulations.

On March 10, the border guards of the province also caught the fishing boat numbered BT99889 TS transporting 180,000 liters of diesel oil of unknown origin in Con Dao waters.

This supplied photo shows the border guards from the Con Dao border post inspecting a suspicious fishing vessel on the waters off Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province, Vietnam, March 13, 2021.

This supplied photo shows the border guards from the Con Dao border post inspecting a suspicious fishing vessel in the waters off Ba Ria - Vung Tau Province, Vietnam, March 13, 2021.

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