U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) crew members aboard the cutter's 35-foot Long Range Interceptor small boat supervising the intentional sinking of suspected drug-smuggling boats May 17, 2019, following the seizure of cocaine from the boats during an at-sea interdiction while Munro's crew patrolled global waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
The cutter then launched a helicopter beyond the line of sight of the submersible, and directed the two smaller boats to its location. "That's going to be hard to get on", he says. Then, a suspected trafficker emerges and puts his hands up as the Coast Guardsmen scream commands.
Dramatic footage has been released of a USA coast guard member pouncing onto a homemade submarine as it threatens to descend below the ocean's surface.
This particular semi-submersible - a ship partially submerged that can not fully dive like a submarine - was sunk by the Coast Guard, Brickey said. Coast Guard patrols may encounter a narco sub about once a year.
Boarders have one to two minutes to assess if they are on a drug-laced vessel about to sink, Brickey said.
This particular semisubmersible - a ship partially submerged that can not fully dive like a submarine - was sunk by the Coast Guard, Brickey said.
The coast guard said the interception is part of a US$569 million drug bust involving 14 vessels between May and June.
Masson told Fox News the operations will lead to the prosecution of 55 alleged drug smugglers.
The Coast Guard said "purpose-build smuggling vessels like SPSSs are created to hold large quantities of contraband while evading detection by law enforcement authorities".
Drug submarines are not only increasing in number but also improving in their abilities to elude the US led drug interception efforts.