Published: Monday September 10, 2012 MYT 2:58:00 PM
Updated: Monday September 10, 2012 MYT 3:08:03 PM
Two Malaysian fishing boats detained in Kalimatan
JAKARTA: An Indonesian army border patrol team detained two Malaysian fishing boats on Friday night for allegedly fishing in Indonesian waters, off the coast of Nunukan Island, East Kalimantan.
The local media reported Monday that six fishermen from the two boats, three to a boat were detained at Inhutani Port, Nunukan, but the reports did not state their nationality.
Out of the six, three were reported to have valid travel documents, two having passports and the other, a border pass.
The Indonesian Consulate in Tawau, Sabah, issued one of the passports.
One of the fishermen was said to be from Campalagian, Polman district in West Celebes, Indonesia.
The Indonesian authorities said there were five boats from Malaysia fishing in the Kalimantan waters when the Indonesian army border patrol team approached the area but three of the boats sped off.
According to local fishermen, the boats from Malaysia were often seen fishing in the area.
The boats were said to be flying the Indonesian flag when in the waters there but would change it for the Malaysian flag when in Malaysian waters. - Bernama