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Vietnamese sailors die in boat fire

Update: January, 13/2012 - 10:07

HA NOI — Three Vietnamese sailors died and at least seven others injured after the blaze of a South Korean ship, the Jung Woo 2, while it was fishing in the Ross Sea, about 3,700km southeast of New Zealand - near Antarctica.

The South Korean Embassy in New Zealand confirmed that the three sailors lost their lives while sleeping aboard the burning ship.

The NZ Rescue Co-ordination Centre received signals calling for help from the burning ship on Tuesday. There were 40 crew on board including 23 from Viet Nam.

The Vietnamese Embassy in New Zealand is co-operating with the centre to verify the identity of those killed.

An investigation is being made into the cause of the blaze.

Cold snap claims cattle in Quang Nam

QUANG NAM — More than 200 buffaloes, oxen and goats in central Quang Nam Province's Nam Tra My District froze to death during the recent cold spell, according to the district Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on Wednesday.

The cattle had been left to graze in the open. Last year, nearly 1,000 head of cattle in the district died from cold.

The cold killed another 100 cattle in nearby Nam Tra My District. — VNS

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