China is extending its stealing operation outside West Philippine Sea, but this time, its distant illegal fishing boat has met its demise in the hands of Argentine Coast Guards.
On Monday, Argentine coast guards using radar picked up the trawler fishing off the coast of Puerto Madryn, Chubut province, a zone known for squid.
The area is part of Atlantic Ocean and the international media are scratching their heads asking why on Earth Chinese fishing vessels were there.
The coast guard contacted the crew of the massive fishing vessel giving them instructions that the former will board, but instead of following orders, the ship maneuvered and tried to ram the smaller coast guard vessel.
The chase ensued prompting the coast guard to fire warning shots to the hull of Lu Yan Yuan Yu 010 after it ignored repeated warning fire and radio calls to allow the Argentine coast guard to board.
Bullet holes caused the ship to tilt and eventually sunk.
The Argentine coast guard rescued four crew, while the other more than 20 crew were rescued by other Chinese fishing vessels operating in the nearby area.
“On several occasions, the offending 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 said in a statement.
China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement the Chinese government had lodged a protest over the incident and were demanding an explanation.
“The Foreign Ministry and Chinese embassy in Argentina have already lodged emergency representations with the Argentinian side and expressed serious concern about the incident, demanding Argentina launch an immediate probe and report on the details to China,” it said.
There was no reported casualty and all crew were reportedly rescued and in safe condition.
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