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Story last updated at 2:08 PM on Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Crew of seized vessel getting deported




JUNEAU — The crew of a seized vessel suspected of illegal fishing is being deported.

A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice says the 22 crew members are being held at a detention facility outside Seattle while arrangements are made to return them to their native countries. She didn't know how long that process would take. She says 10 of the crew members are from Vietnam, seven are from Indonesia, four are from China and one is from Taiwan.

The Coast Guard seized the Bangun Perkasa Sept. 7, about 2,600 miles southwest of Kodiak, after a report that the ship was fishing illegally with a drift net. A Coast Guard spokeswoman has said the crew initially claimed the vessel was from Indonesia but that authorities in Indonesia didn't claim it.

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