site.btaUPDATED Sailors Released from Bulgarian Vessels Detained in Constanta, Vessels Impounded
All 10 Bulgarian sailors from three Bulgarian fishing vessels detained in the Romanian port of Constanta have been released. Six of the crew members returned to Bulgaria around midnight on Saturday, the other four came back on Sunday, Bulgarian Ambassador to Romania Radko Vlaikov told BTA by phone. The second group were the three captains and one seaman who remained to seal the vessels.
The Ambassador said that the vessels were being impounded and sealed on a prosecutorial order.
Ambassador Vlaikov voiced satisfaction with the release of the sailors. He underscored that the efforts of the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry and the Embassy had been focused entirely on getting the seamen released, and what will happen with the vessels is up to the Romanian prosecution.
The ships were detained on Thursday night about 50 nautical miles east of Constanta after the sailors were allegedly caught poaching shark in the Romanian exclusive economic zone in the Black Sea. After a check, they were escorted to the Constanta military port.