President Donald Trump has praised the ‘amazing’ Coast Guard sailors after dramatic footage showed them jumping on to a moving submarine in the Pacific ocean to stop drug traffickers carrying cocaine.
The semi-submersible pounded through deep Eastern Pacific waters filled with thousands of pounds of cocaine on board, according to The Washington Post.
It was ultimately bound for the United States, as the vessel had been tracked by a Coast Guard surveillance aircraft.
Trump tweeted Thursday imploring his followers to watch the footage.
He wrote: ‘Do you believe this kind of bravery? Amazing drug seizure. WATCH!’
And vice president Mike Pence was on hand Thursday as a total of 39,000 pounds of cocaine and 933 pounds of marijuana were taken off the cutter Munro at Naval Air Station North Island in Coronado.
He told service members: ‘Make no mistake about it, Coasties, your courageous service is saving American lives.
‘You truly are gallantry in action. Let’s hear it for the men and women of the United States Coast Guard Cutter Munro. Job well done.’
President Donald Trump has praised the ‘amazing’ Coast Guard sailors after dramatic footage showed them jumping on to a moving submarine
Vice President Mike Pence walks past bales of seized cocaine during a visit to the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro. He told service members: ‘Make no mistake about it, Coasties, your courageous service is saving American lives’
Dramatic footage shows the moment U.S Navy Coast Guards jumped on to a moving submarine in the Pacific ocean which was operated by drug traffickers carrying cocaine
Video shows U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro members intercept the submarine-type vessel.
Footage shows another boat approach the submersible with crew members on board shouting as they edge closer to it.
The U.S. Coast Guard vessel swiftly approaches from the other side with two officers dressed in camouflage gear leaping onto the top of it from their boat.
Footage shows another boat, (left), approach the submersible with crew members on board shouting as they edge closer to it
Two Coast Guard Cutter Munro crew members, (pictured), swoop into action and jump from their vessel on to the submersible to apprehend the drug traffickers
The officers then open the hatch door where they apprehend a suspected drug smuggler inside and tell him to get down on the floor.
Purpose-built smuggling vessels such as SPSSs are equipped to hold large quantities of contraband while seeking to avoid detection by law enforcement authorities.
A narco-submarine is a type of custom-made ocean-going self-propelled vessel built by drug traffickers to smuggle contraband.
The officers then open the hatch door where they apprehend a suspected drug trafficker inside, (pictured), and tell him to get down on the floor
Vice President Mike Pence salutes U.S. coast guard members as he come aboard during a visit to the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro on Thursday
They are known to be frequently utilized by Colombian drug cartel members to export cocaine from Columbia to Meixco, which is often then transported overland to the U.S.
More modern types of vessels are are fully submersible, and are equipped specifically to go undetected.
Drug submarines are not only increasing in number but also improving in their abilities to elude the U.S. led drug interception efforts.