Model Boat Mayhem

Mess Deck: General Section => Full Scale Ships => Topic started by: DavieTait on February 15, 2011, 03:26:19 pm

Title: Colombians Seize Drugs-Smuggling Submarine
Post by: DavieTait on February 15, 2011, 03:26:19 pm
SKY news report (http://news.sky.com/skynews/Home/World-News/Colombia-Authorities-Seize-First-Fully-Submersible-Drug-Smuggling-Submarine-Able-To-Reach-Mexico/Article/201102315931241?lpos=World_News_Second_Home_Page_Feature_Teaser_Region_0&lid=ARTICLE_15931241_Colombia%3A_Authorities_Seize_First_Fully_Submersible_Drug-Smuggling_Submarine_Able_To_Reach_Mexico)

A fully-submersible drug submarine capable of reaching the coast of Mexico has been found in Colombia.

While another such submarine was seized last July just across the border in Ecuador, this is the first time the Colombian authorities have seized a fully-submersible sub.

They had previously only found semi-submersible boats, where part of the structure always remains above the surface.

The vessel was discovered in a rural area of Cauca province on the Timgiqui River, about 275 miles southwest of the capital, Bogota.

It is capable of holding about eight tonnes of drugs, Colombia naval spokesman, Colonel Manuel Hurtado said.

The boat was discovered following intelligence reports and tips from informants.

The submarine was empty when found, and no-one was captured.

The 99ft (30m) fibre-glass boat had two diesel engines powered up and ready to go.

With room for a crew of six, it could submerge up to 9ft and had a capacity to sail totally under water to the coast of Mexico without surfacing in a trip that would take eight or nine days, Col Hurtado said.

The sub would have taken up to eight months to build and cost around 1.7m, he said.

Colombia has seized at least 32 semi-submersible vessels designed to smuggle drugs over the past decade, including 12 last year.


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Title: Re: Colombians Seize Drugs-Smuggling Submarine
Post by: Perkasaman2 on February 15, 2011, 05:26:36 pm
We could get these for the Royal Navy?  :}
Title: Re: Colombians Seize Drugs-Smuggling Submarine
Post by: The long Build on February 15, 2011, 05:59:54 pm
We could get these for the Royal Navy?  :}
This is'nt the one Ginger was having problems with was it ?.. :} :}
Title: Re: Colombians Seize Drugs-Smuggling Submarine
Post by: dreadnought72 on February 15, 2011, 06:40:18 pm
1.7m???  :o

I bet a group of modellers could make one for much less than that.  %%

(Then again, with a cargo of eight tonnes, I guess the sub cost is chicken feed compared to the illegal profits...)

Andy
Title: Re: Colombians Seize Drugs-Smuggling Submarine
Post by: essex2visuvesi on February 15, 2011, 06:57:38 pm
Looks like our government know where to turn now when they need to raise a few quid by selling off the subs lol
Title: Re: Colombians Seize Drugs-Smuggling Submarine
Post by: malcolmfrary on February 15, 2011, 07:48:32 pm
Anybody doing a kit?
Title: Re: Colombians Seize Drugs-Smuggling Submarine
Post by: RaaArtyGunner on February 15, 2011, 08:43:08 pm
It isn't true is it, that one of them is a Mayhemer and seeks advice from this forum

 %) %) %) ;) ;) ;) :P :P :P
Title: Re: Colombians Seize Drugs-Smuggling Submarine
Post by: Perkasaman2 on February 16, 2011, 09:53:56 am
HMS Isopon?  :}
Title: Re: Colombians Seize Drugs-Smuggling Submarine
Post by: tony52 on February 16, 2011, 02:28:21 pm
Here is a video clip of the sub, after a long advertising intro -
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/video-drugshaul-submarine-uncovered-2215520.html
Title: Re: Colombians Seize Drugs-Smuggling Submarine
Post by: getemuphigh on March 08, 2011, 09:17:12 pm


Was it ever used?

Title: Re: Colombians Seize Drugs-Smuggling Submarine
Post by: essex2visuvesi on March 09, 2011, 05:34:02 am
Didn't the columbian drug barons buy submarines from the formmer USSR?