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Coast Guard wages battle against illegal fishing boats

  • Out at sea, this border battle is fought in boats

HARLINGEN — In the sun-blasted, wind-riven waters between the South Padre Island jetties and the mouth of the Rio Grande, a different kind of border crossing crisis is playing out.

  • Rick Kelley
  • Valley Morning Star
  • Source: U.S. Coast Guard

One side has spotter aircraft, radar and fully crewed patrol craft loaded with the latest technology.

The other employs simple 20- to 30-foot boats with outboard motors, capitalizing on speed and a canny sense for beating a tactical retreat.

For Mexican lancha crews fishing illegally in the waters of the United States, low-tech often proves…

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