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Seven crew members abandon jigger in Falklands, but later decide to return

Monday, February 13th 2012 - 22:25 UTC
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Stanley harbour with jiggers waiting for their licences Stanley harbour with jiggers waiting for their licences

Seven Vietnamese crewmen who jumped into Stanley Harbour from their Falklands’ licensed fishing vessel in the early hours of Sunday morning were later found safe and well by a local resident.

Harbour Master Malcolm Jamieson says that the Royal Falkland Islands Police and the Fisheries Department were informed that the men were reported missing from the jigger SING YUNG YU No.8 and a search of the harbour was carried out by launches which were later joined by RAF Search and Rescue helicopter with FISHOPS coordinating the search.

The individuals were subsequently found by a member of the public on the Stanley Bypass Road and delivered to the police station. Having made no complaint of ill treatment onboard the vessel, the individuals were taken to KEMH to be interviewed by immigration officials with the assistance of a neutral interpreter. The individuals were housed and fed at Lookout Lodge overnight.

During their time ashore, the crew showed no signs, and made no complaint, of any maltreatment onboard their vessel. It appears their motivation in coming ashore was in order to speak to their families for their national New Year. Having achieved this, the individuals expressed a wish to return to their vessel, rather than be repatriated to their home country.

The Falkland Island Government would like to thank all individuals and entities involved in the search and rescue operation. A full debrief and review of procedures is currently being undertaken.

 

Categories: Fisheries, Falkland Islands.

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  • GreekYoghurt

    New Vietnamese take-away opens in Stanley? Love them spring rolls. One does kind of think that the Falklands needs an ethnic minority.

    Feb 13th, 2012 - 10:31 pm 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    “ were later joined by RAF Search and Rescue helicopter with FISHOPS coordinating the search”

    “The individuals were subsequently found by a member of the public”
    Where was the prince? so much money spent on this fool and a drunk walking by does the job for him :-)))

    Feb 13th, 2012 - 10:44 pm 0
  • briton

    You normally find this in French ports, trying to sneak into the UK,
    But now they are trying in the Falklands,
    Be careful they don’t use the human rights act, to remain .
    [still] they could have jumped ship in the Malvinas and drowned, as it don’t exist lol.
    .

    Feb 13th, 2012 - 10:55 pm 0
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