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Small craft launch sites along SA coast poorly monitored

by Selwyn Bergman
on 24 Jul 2008
Oceanography SA
Oceanography SA

An official from the SA Police Services Sea Borderline Control Unit has pointed out that there are more than 300 small vessel launch sites and slipways along the South African coastline that are not monitored, according to a recent Sapa report.

The unit, which is responsible for monitoring the coastline between the Orange River mouth (on the West Coast) and Kosi Bay (on the East Coast), comprised only of two divisions, in Simonstown and at Richard's Bay. A recent donation of two small vessels and four rubber ducks from the SA Navy has assisted the unit.

Crimes such as illegal immigration, drug and weapons smuggling and human trafficking are thought to occur at the unmonitored landing sites, but could not be confirmed.

Further reading:
Police struggle to patrol SA coastline

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