Chinese longliner burned out, 18 crew rescued

Tuna fishing vessel JIN XIANG 6 caught fire and burned out on Aug 16 in South Pacific W of Tuvalu. 18 crew were rescued by sister fishing vessel JIN XIANG 7, directed by Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion.
Longliner JIN XIANG 6, MMSI 412209233, GT 271, built 2014, flag China, owner HUANQIU TUNA FISHING (DALIAN) CO.,LTD.

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