Argentina's coast guard says it sank a Chinese fishing vessel that was fishing in a restricted area off the South American country's coast.
The Argentine Naval Prefecture chased and eventually sank the Lu Yan Yuan Yu 010 vessel after detecting it illegally fishing within the country's exclusive economic zone, officials said Tuesday.
First, according to a statement from the Argentine coast guard, warning shots were fired. The Chinese vessel, Argentine authorities said, responded by turning off its lights and deliberately trying to crash.
"On distinct occasions, the offending boat realized maneuvers aimed at colliding with the coast guard, putting not only its own crew at risk, but also the personnel of the coast guard," the statement said.
That's why the coast guard opened fire, Argentine officials said.
The vessel sank, and four people on board -- three crew members and the captain -- were rescued by Argentina's coast guard.