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Argentina Shoots, Sinks Chinese Fishing Boat (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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A Chinese trawler was recently chased and sunk by Argentina's coast guard for allegedly fishing illegally off the coast of the South American country (video below).

Thirty-two sailors on the Lu Yan Yuan Yu 010 were rescued after their boat was sunk inside a special economic zone, notes RT.com.

Argentina’s Naval Prefecture (Spanish: Prefectura Naval Argentina or PNA) said in a statement: “The vessel was hailed over radio and both visual and audio signals were sent to make contact. However, the vessel turned off its fishing lights and proceeded to flee toward international waters without responding to repeated calls over various frequencies.“

"The ship performed maneuvers designed to force a collision with the coast guard, putting at risk not only its own crew but coast guard personnel, who were then ordered to shoot parts of the vessel.”

The coast guard reportedly fired some warning shots and tried to board the fishing vessel, but the boat's crew would not let the Argentines on.

China's Foreign Ministry released a statement: "The Foreign Ministry and Chinese embassy in Argentina have already lodged emergency representations with the [Argentinean] side and expressed serious concern about the incident, demanding Argentina launch an immediate probe and report on the details to China," notes Reuters.

According to the news service, China also said that it wants Argentina to make sure the Chinese fishermen's rights are not violated, and to prevent this type of incident from happening again.

Quartz reports that the Lu Yan Yuan Yu 010 was sank about 907 miles south of Buenos Aires, where whales are known to breed in June.

According to China's Foreign Ministry, four Chinese people were picked up by Argentine forces, while 28 Chinese people were rescued by another Chinese ship.

Argentina's coast guard says that the four Chinese people who were picked up will have to appear before a federal judge in the country.

A spokesman for Argentina's foreign ministry said there is an investigation being launched into the incident.

Sources: RT.com, Reuters, Quartz / Photo credit: RT/YouTube

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