SOUTH PADRE ISLAND–The Coast Guard caught another lancha from Mexico with four people on board illegally fishing near South Padre Island on Sunday.
At 10:50 a.m., a Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi Falcon jet and crew were on a routine patrol when the crew spotted a lancha about 40 miles north of South Padre Island and within the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
Coast Guard Station South Padre Island launched a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boat and crew to investigate the area near the last location of the lancha.
The crew seized the lancha about 22 miles north of South Padre Island and in U.S. waters. The lancha had four people aboard with a catch black tip shark, hammerhead shark and red snapper. The lancha’s crew was turned over to Customs and Border Protection agents. The catch was released at sea.
“This is another example of how the Coast Guard works cohesively with other agencies to complete the mission,” said Lt. Mary Arvidson, an Air Station Corpus Christi Falcon jet pilot. “It is important that we continue to train and foster relations with our agency partners so we can work toward keeping U.S. waters safe and navigable,” she said.
A number of lanchas with Mexican fisherman are getting caught on the U.S. side of the border. It has risen dramatically this year and Coast Guard officials can’t explain why it’s a big problem this year.
–South Texas Tribune, email@example.com