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Four crew members of Chinese fishing boat sunk by Argentine coast guard return home

(People's Daily Online)    13:53, April 11, 2016

With approval from an Argentine trial court, four crew members, including the captain, of the Chinese fishing vessel Lu Yan Yuan Yu 010 left Argentina and returned to China starting on April 7.

The court made its decision not to hold the crew members based largely on statements from the lawyers representing them and video footage provided by the coast guard, according to a press bulletin from the Chinese embassy in Argentina.

On March 14, Argentina's coast guard sank the Lu Yan Yuan Yu 010 fishing boat with 32 crew members on board. Four of the crew members were rescued by the Argentine coast guard, while the remaining 28 were rescued by another Chinese fishing boat nearby. No casualties were reported. 

According to Argentine media, the four crew members taken by the coast guard were detained on suspicion of illegal fishing and resisting law enforcement. The case was brought to a local court.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry and the Chinese Embassy in Argentina lodged urgent representations with the Argentine side, demanding that the Argentine side conduct a thorough investigation, inform the Chinese side of the details, ensure the safety and legitimate rights and interests of the Chinese crew, and take effective measures to avoid any repetition of such an incident.

Argentina's Foreign Minister, Susana Malcorra, expressed hope that the incident would not impact bilateral ties between Argentina and China, adding that Argentina would follow all judicial procedures and respect both local and international laws in the case.

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