India’s coastguards apprehended a Burmese boat in the Andaman Sea late on Monday night after a two-hour chase, according to an Indian media report.
“Officials said that Coast Guard ships Rajkamal and Bhikaji Cama were on a routine patrol of Northern Group of [Andaman] Islands at 11 pm on 17 July, when they sighted the boat,” reported the Mumbai-based Rediff website on Tuesday, citing news agencies as sources. “The security personnel tried to establish communication with the boat, however there was no response, following which a chase occurred and the Coast Guard nabbed them after a two-hour chase.”
According to the report, Indian officials said that the wooden boat did not carry the flag of any country nor did it have any name or registration marking on its hull.
The crew of the boat were reportedly seen throwing some items overboard into the sea, causing more suspicion. The Indian coastguards then fired warning shots across the bow of the boat to forcefully stop her, Rediff reported.
“After stopping the boat, the personnel found that all 11 crew members on board the boat were Myanmarese [Burmese] and none of them were holding valid passports,” the report said, adding that the vessel was carrying a large quantity of fuel and water, and that neither the captain nor the crew could give any reason for their presence in Indian waters.