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Authorities have detained a fishing vessel that was caught trespassing in the Maldivian territorial waters.
Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) Coast Guard received a report of the illegal fishing vessel at around 11:45am on Monday. The vessel was spotted 140 nautical miles east off Maafushi island in Kaafu atoll, well into the Maldivian exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
The Coast Guard launched a special operation, with MNDF’s aircraft conducting an air surveillance of the area to locate the boat.