When the Coast Guard GC-27 Prefect Fique sighted the Chinese fishing vessel with its work lights on, jigs deployed and operating, the deterrence protocol was put into effect so that the fishing activity would cease and it could be inspected by a visiting envelope. At first, repeated radiofrequency calls were made (in Spanish and English) together with sound and visual signals to make contact with the captain. "However, the ship Lu Rong Yuan Yu 688, raised its jiggers, turned off its fishing lights and started its navigation towards international waters without responding to the calls made by different frequencies of the maritime mobile service, which is why its persecution began" , they said in Prefecture.
The persecution was joined by the PA-22 maritime patrol plane, which flew towards the area. Without losing visual contact with the fishing vessel, the radio communications issued were unsuccessful for the captain to depose his attitude. After several hours of chasing offshore and in the midst of a very strong storm of wind and waves, it was decided to end the operation in order to protect the lives of the crew.
Coast Guard GC-27 Prefect Fique approaching the squid jigger Lu Rong Yuan Yu 688 (VIDEO: PNA)
According to reports from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Nation, due to the foreign origin of the identified ship, the authorities notified the situation to the Foreign Ministry and the Chinese consulate. In addition, intervention was given to the Federal Court of First Instance No. 2 of the City of Rawson, Criminal Secretariat in charge of Dr. Juan Matías González Mazziotti.