July 28, 2008

Bizarre Fishing Mishap

The Unofficial Coast Guard Blog links to this strange sea-story that culminates in the Coast Guard preventing an almost comical mishap from becoming an international incident, and ending very badly for some American fishermen.

It would strain belief if not for the pictures.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at 12:44 AM | Comments (3) | Add Comment
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1 Those guys were adding insult to injury by fishing for tuna while inside the net. I'm not so sure that was wise; it might have made the Mexicans angry enough to do something.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Mon Jul 28 20:05:58 2008 (+rSRq)

2 I agree completely...That was exceedingly poor judgment and very discourteous to boot.

Of course saving morons from themselves is one of the CG's jobs.

Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Mon Jul 28 20:25:02 2008 (V5zw/)

3 The text stated that they were specifically invited to fish, first with a two fish limit, and then later without any specified limit.  It still might not have been the wise thing to do, but at least it wasn't done without some consultation.

My take on things is that the Federales were called out to try and resolve the situation, and letting them board probably wouldn't have been a complete disaster, but you can never tell, a bribe probably would have been a given, and I've heard of far worse things happening once you start interacting with Mexican officials, staying on board and calling the USCG for help was definitely the smart move, but the situation doesn't strike me as quite as dire as they made it out to be.

Posted by: David at Tue Jul 29 16:06:59 2008 (khRGN)

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