Coast Guard intercepts boat with firearm on St. Maarten

PHILIPSBURG - The Dutch Coast Guard of the Caribbean in collaboration with the Police Corps of St. Maarten and the Customs Department, Thursday morning found a firearm that was located on a motor boat.

As a result of the discovery one person was arrested.

According to Roderick Gouverneur of the Coast Guard, in the morning of Thursday, July 21 around 09.45 am, the Coast Guard during a patrol with their Super-RHIB in Oyster Pond St. Maarten, they intercepted the boat and found the firearm.

The weapon was found on board the motor vessel, the "Soul Mates", a locally registered vessel.

During the search, 22 rounds of ammunition was seized. The skipper of the vessel was arrested along with the weapon and ammunition which was handed over to the police.

In a comment Mr. Roderick Gouverneur confirmed that the Coast Guard will be cracking down on these types of violations.

The general public can help by reporting irregularities when ever they are noticed. The Coast Guard is on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and they can be reached via the emergency number 913.

The call to this number is free.

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