For San Lwin, the Burmese chief officer of the Golden Venture, the low point of a long career on the high seas arrived in the pre-dawn chill of 6 June 1993. The dilapidated 30 metre freighter he navigated was floating only a few hundred metres off Rockaway Point in Queen’s, New York. A gun was pressed at San Lwin’s head, and he was ordered to run the Golden Venture aground. At first, the chief officer bravely refused. But the Chinese gangster meant business. San Lwin had no choice but to order one of his men, a younger Burmese called Banyar Aung, to manoeuvre the ship into position. Then it ploughed full speed through the darkness for the shore.
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