…As Authorities declare 4 South Korean crew members missing, after cargo ship capsized***
The Nigerian Navy says it has arrested two Nigerian flagged fishing trawlers, Banaly V and Olokun V for violating the range specified within Nigerian waters for inshore fishing and shrimping activities.
Director of Navy Information, Commodore Suleman Dahun indicated this on Monday in Abuja, noting that the vessels were arrested around Antan Field, which is 21 nautical miles of the Nigerian coastline.
He said the activities of the two trawlers were detected by the Nigerian Navy Falcon Eye surveillance system.
“Thereafter, Nigerian Navy Ship Unity was vectored to intercept the vessels and it was discovered that they were laden with excess catch of fishes in contravention of the Nigerian Fisheries Act as the vessel are licensed for shrimping only.
“This eventually led to the arrest of the 2 vessels.
“The vessels are currently at Bonny Anchorage for further investigation and possible prosecution,” he said.
He said following the arrest of the vessels, commanders of Nigerian Navy ships had been directed to pay attention to the activities of fishing trawlers within Nigerian waters in order to reduce illegal activities.
In another development, rescue teams off the south-eastern coast of the United States searched on Monday, for four crew members from a cargo ship which overturned on Saturday.
Twenty people on board the Golden Ray were rescued after the vessel tilted over on its side on Saturday night near the port of Brunswick in the state of Georgia.
According to the Foreign Ministry in Seoul the missing crew members were South Korean.
They are thought likely to be in the machine room of the stricken freighter, which was transporting cars.
The cause of the accident is not yet clear.
The boat is owned by South Korean logistics firm Hyundai Glovis and was built in 2017.