Lamu police detain three foreign vessels found trespassing on Kenyan waters

Lamu police detain three foreign vessels found trespassing on Kenyan waters

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A Kenyan policeman stands next to parked boats. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Lamu, KENYA: Police in Lamu have nabbed three foreign vessels said to have been illegally found on the Indian ocean waters.

County commissioner Joseph Kanyiri said the vessels are currently being held in Lamu alongside their crew.

Kanyiri said the crew are being questioned by police and shall be arraigned in court anytime from now.

Speaking in Lamu on Thursday,Kanyiri said the crew did not have the necessary legal documentation allowing them to pass through or conduct any business on the Kenyan waters and that the vessels were not also registered as per the maritime regulations.

One of the vessels is from Yemen while the other two are from Somalia.

“Our navy officers were able to track down and nab these vessels after which they were found to be here illegally and without proper documentation. We are questioning the crew and intend to charge them soon.We also found that the vessels were not dully registered,” said Kanyiri.

This comes when the county administration of Lamu recently  issued a new directive requiring all boat operators to operate only within a stipulated period of time.

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Kanyiri said marine patrols have been increased in Lamu and that no stone shall be left un turned in the quest to ensure the area is well guarded.