Coast Guard rescues men caught illegally fishing

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Associated Press

Posted on April 12, 2014 at 3:02 PM

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued four Mexican citizens whose small boat began taking on water after they were caught illegally fishing near South Texas.

The Mexican nationals were spotted Friday morning illegally fishing 28 miles offshore and 4 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border.

While being pursued by the Coast Guard Cutter Brant, the fishermen's boat began taking on water. The Coast Guard ship came alongside the boat and rescued the fishermen.

The fishermen's boat sank about 36 miles off South Padre Island.

Coast Guard officials found about 500 pounds of red snapper along with long-line fishing gear in the small boat.

The four Mexican citizens were taken into custody and later returned to their country.

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