Chinese fishing boat capsizes in Indian Ocean, 39 crew missing

BEIJING: State media is reporting that a Chinese fishing boat operating in the Indian Ocean has sunk and all 39 crew members on board are missing.
Broadcaster CCTV said the sinking happened around 3am on Tuesday. The crew includes 17 people from China, 17 from Indonesia and five from the Philippines, according to the report.
Chinese leader Xi Jinping and the Prime Minister Li Qiang ordered chinese diplomats abroad, as well as the ministries of agriculture and transport, to help in the search for survivors.
Lupenglaiyuanyu No. 8 was based in the eastern province of Shandong, operated by the Penglaiyingyu Co. Ltd.
China is believed to operate the largest fishing fleet in the world. Many of them remain at sea for months or even years, supported by Chinese state maritime security agencies and an extensive network of support vessels.
No word was given on the cause of the sinking.
Recovery efforts are underway in Myanmar and Bangladesh after a powerful cyclone slammed into their shores, causing widespread destruction and at least 21 people dead, with hundreds more missing.
Chinese squid fishing vessels have been documented using wide nets to illegally catch already overfished tuna amid an increase in unregulated activity in the Indian Ocean, according to a 2021 report by a group of experts. Norwegian-based watchdog that highlights growing concerns about the lack of international cooperation to protect marine species on the high seas.
The US Coast Guard was also involved in a dangerous confrontation with Chinese vessels not far from the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador in 2022 during a vessel inspection mission for any signs of illegal, unreported or unregulated fishing.


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