Argentina Coast Guard Sinks Chinese Vessel for Illegal Fishing

  • Crew of Chinese vessel survived, Argentine coast guard reports
  • Vessel did not respond to communication attempts by radio

Argentina’s coast guard sank a Chinese vessel for illegally fishing in its waters, the coast guard reported.

The coast guard followed standard defense procedures after a vessel illegally fishing off Puerto Madryn in southern Argentina didn’t respond to communication attempts by radio in English and Spanish, the coast guard said in a statement. The vessel, which was fishing in Argentina waters without permission, then attempted to retreat to international waters and was fired upon by the coast guard, according the statement.

The Argentine coast guard rescued four crew members including the captain, while the rest of the crew was rescued by one of two other Chinese ships nearby.

Calls to the Chinese Embassy in Buenos Aires were not returned. The press office of Argentina’s Foreign Affairs Ministry did not immediately reply to phone and e-mailed requests for comment.

Last month, Argentina Finance Minister Alfonso Prat-Gay and Economy Vice-Minister Pedro Lacoste met the governor of the People’s Bank of China, Zhou Xiaochuan at the G-20 meeting in Shanghai to discuss steps to follow to issue sovereign debt in China.

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