Coast Guard rescues poachers

Special to the PRESS

February 12, 2015

Four Mexican nationals fishing illegally in the Gulf of Mexico were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard after their boat began sinking. The incident happened Saturday night at about 8 p.m. approximately 30 miles off the South Padre Island coast north of the U.S-Mexico maritime border in what is known as the Exclusive Economic Zone. The distressed boat crew was spotted by a crewmember aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Brant.

The illegal bounty consisting of two sharks, 17 red snapper, several additional reef fish (all alive) were released back into the sea and all gear found aboard was seized.

After being rescued, the three men and one minor were transferred to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. This incident comes hours after a similar incident involving illegal fishing in which multiple poachers were chased south of the border.

For any knowledge or suspicions of illegal fishing occurring in federal waters contact the U.S. Coast Guard at (361) 939-6393.

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