Just prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Chinese equivalent of
the Coast Guard (possibly the Navy?) received a single distress call. They
were able to track down the location of the call and sent a ship.
Sure enough, sitting in the water are a bunch of Chinese fishermen and no
sigh of a boat anywhere. They're pulled to safety, but their story of what
happened isn't believed and even when they're threatened with jail time,
they still stick to thier story. So they're thrown into jail.
Six months later an official of the fast disentrigrating Soviet Union hears
the story of the unfortunately fishermen and sends a letter to the Chinese
government collaborating their story.
It appears that an overloaded Soviet cargo plane was flying over the ocean
when it became apparent that they would not make it to their destination so
the obvious solution to their problem was to dump their cargo.
Unfortunately, the cargo ended up going through the Chinese fishing
It was even more unfortunate for the cows.
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