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FSB warplane shoots at 'poaching ship' in Sea of Okhotsk

By The Siberian Times reporter
29 January 2013

A chase of the Sierra Leone registered Sapsan came after the vessel was detected in Russian waters by border patrol boat Argal.

The crew of the Sapsan were found to be Russian but FSB border guards said they had no permission to be in Russian waters with a foreign registered vessel

The vessel ignored commands to stop and instead sailed to get out of Russian territorial waters. 

Reports say there was an eight hour chase after which an An-72 border patrol warplane was deployed.

Warning shots at the Sapsan's hull did not halt the vessel's progress.

Finally, the plane shot at the ship's propeller and rudder, forcing it to halt. 

The crew of the Sapsan were found to be Russian but FSB border guards said they had no permission to be in Russian waters with a foreign registered vessel. 

The company owning the Sapsan is registered in the Seychelles. 

An administrative case has been opened against the captain of the Sapsan and the ship is now heading for Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

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