The World : Mounties Get Their Boats
Canadian patrol vessels rounded up two outlaw Spanish trawlers and forced them to sail to St. John’s, Newfoundland, ending a five-day ocean odyssey that began when the fishermen fled Canadian waters with four game officers aboard. The Fisheries Department officers boarded the Julio Molina and Amelia Meirama last week near the Grand Banks to investigate alleged trespassing and illegal fishing. The vessels fled with the officers on board, but two patrol vessels carrying a Royal Canadian Mounted Police team caught up with them 700 miles from Newfoundland. The Mounties, clearing the decks with small explosives, boarded the trawlers and shepherded them back to Canada, where the crews will face a variety of charges.