Screengrab from Prefectura Naval Argentina/Youtube

A Chinese vessel that was illegally fishing within the territorial waters of Argentina was sunk by the Argentine coast guard on Tuesday after it tried to force a collision, endangering both ship’s crew.

The Chinese vessel tried to flee into international waters when the coast guard ordered it to stop, then repeatedly maneuvered to collide with the patrol ship, authorities said.

“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.

The crew abandoned ship when the vessel began to go down.

According to authorities, The boat’s crew were all rescued alive.

A video posted on Youtube shows the Argentina’s coast guard shooting the Chinese fishing vessel after firing several warning shots.

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