North Sumatra Water Police sank on Thursday a ship flying the Malaysian flag for illegally fishing in Pandan Island waters, North Sumatra.
Witnessed by North Sumatra Police chief Insp. Gen. Eko Hadi Sutedjo, the trawler was blown up off Belawan, Medan.
"The explosion of the ship was permitted by the court. This is the first," Eko said, pledging to continue the firm action to create a deterrent for illegal fishers.
"It's a warning for foreign ships that illegally fish in our waters," he said.
The police caught the ship and its four crew, Myanmarese nationals identified as CH, 24; HT, 30; M, 26; and K, 24, on Dec. 9. The crew have been handed over to the immigration office to be deported.
The police also confiscated 1.5 tons of fish, fuel and used clothes from the ship.
"All the evidence has been auctioned and the money handed over to the State," Eko said.