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In 1995, 88 Chinese citizens boarded the Fang Ming in an attempt to Emigrate from their home country. On April 18th, 1995 they were discovered by the Mexican Navy after two months at sea. The confiscated vessel was moored at Puerto San Carlos soon to be joined by the Lapas N03, a similar vessel with 79 Chinese emigrants aboard. After a few years of study and preparation the boats were sunk as artificial reefs near Isla Ballena, on the western side of Isla Espiritu Santo. The wreck of the Fang Ming lies in 70ft of water in an upright position. It was sunk on the 18th of November, 1999 and was the first wreck to be sunk in la Paz as an artificial reef. The wreck is 56 meters long, with bow and stern intact, including the propellers. It has been prepared for divers with numerous large holes cut into the floors and walls to allow for penetration. Many routes exist that will allow divers to explore a large amount of the interior of the ship. The ship itself has been colonized by a few different coral species, most notably the black coral species (Antipathes galapagensis) and in the interior of the ship by the darker, bushier black corals.

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