THE THAI Navy this evening (Nov. 14) denied that a hundred Vietnamese fishing boats have seized a part of the Gulf of Thailand as reported by some media outlets, Amarin TV said.
RAdm. Wirudom Muangjeen, the navy’s spokesman, debunked news that this large number of Vietnamese fishing boats had moved into Nakhon Si Thammarat Bay waters with no Thai security officials patrolling or controlling the maritime zone.
He confirmed that this news was entirely fake as the Second Naval Area Command together with Thai Maritime Enforcement Command Centre Region Two had sent patrol boats and aircraft to continuously monitor foreign fishing boats sneaking into Thailand’s exclusive economic zone.
If any foreign fishing boats are found the crew is immediately arrested, he said, adding that a network of Thai fishing boats was also keeping an eye on what is going on in Thai waters.
On Nov. 4 the navy was alerted that a Vietnamese fishing boat had been detected in its area of responsibility and HTMS Klong Yai, a patrol vessel, was sent to investigate but none was found.
In the past there have been reports of one or two foreign fishing boats encroaching Thai waters but not a hundred of them, he added.
Currently, two patrol vessels, HTMS Thepha and HTMS Tor 112, are monitoring activity from Koh Kra islets off Nakhon Si Thammarat to Koh Samui tourist island off Surat Thani.
Top and Front Page: A Vietnamese fishing boat seized by the Thai navy on Aug. 27, 2023 after 10 were reported to have encroached Thai waters but all managed to escape except this one. Photos: Thai Rath