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Fishermen's bodies found after accident

Update: September, 19/2013 - 09:37
Rescuers yesterday morning found the bodies of two fishermen in the waters off Vung Tau.— Photo dantri

BA RIA – VUNG TAU (VNS)— Rescuers yesterday morning found the bodies of two fishermen in the waters off Vung Tau following an accident between a Singapore-flagged vessel and Vietnamese fishing boat on Monday morning.

According to local officials from the Viet Nam Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre for Zone No. 3, the body of one man was found five nautical miles away from the site of the boat collision 50 miles off Vung Tau.

Two hours after that, the body of another victim was also found in the same location. The identities of the two men have not been determined. The bodies were taken to rescue vessel SAR 272.

The first body was found the previous day. Five other men are still missing.

The rescue vessels are still trying to approach the area, which is littered with many nets from the boat. Rescuers said they feared the missing men might have been caught in nets on the boat that had ended up in the water.

Pham Hien, director of the Viet Nam Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre for Zone No.3, said the rescue team had also faced difficulties because of the influence of a tropical low pressure front at sea.

The identities of the two men have not been determined.

Also yesterday, Viet Nam Maritime Administration cooperated with Ba Ria – Vung tau Province's Port Authourities, Public Security Department, border police and related officials to inspect the Singapore vessel, Sima Sapphire, and interview the crew.

Local officials took the black box and sea charts of the vessel for further investigation.

Divers were told to take pictures of the vessel's scratches caused after the accident.

Nguyen Van Thanh, one of the rescued fishermen, told police that he had heard a violent explosion and saw his boat split apart after the foreign vessel collided with it from behind on Monday night.

Thanh was on duty and most of the crew were sleeping when the accident happened, he said. "We were travelling home after 60 days fishing on high seas."

The Singapore vessel, Sima Sapphire, 170m long and 25m wide, is participating in the search and rescue mission.

Immediately after the collision, the Sinagpore ship informed the port authorities at shore and at the same time helped to rescue the fishermen on the Vietnamese boat. — VNS




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