KHANH HOA (VNS)— Eleven Vietnamese fishermen aboard a ship that was about to sink were rescued at a place some 60 nautical miles to the southeast off Nha Trang City in the central province of Khanh Hoa this morning by ship SAR 27-01 of the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre.
Nguyen Xuan Binh, deputy director of the centre in Zone 4 in Nha Trang, said the ship tugged the fishing boat to Phu Quy Island in Binh Thuan Province as rough seas had hindered efforts to take the boat to the mainland.
Vo Thanh Nhan, Ky's 28-year-old son and captain of the fishing boat, said big waves had filled the vessel with water, causing the engine to stop.
The owner of the fishing boat KH 98118, Vo Ky, a resident of Vinh Phuoc Ward in Nha Trang City, had informed the centre of the accident at 09:30pm on Tuesday (December 17).
At 1.00am this morning, the centre sent the rescue ship SAR 27 - 01 to sea for search and rescue activities, although it had lost contact with the boat.
Ky said the boat had been near the Truong Sa (Spratly Islands) for nearly one month and was on its way back home with about 15 tonnes of fish when the accident occurred.
Binh said the fishing boat KH 98118 was scheduled to reach Phu Quy Island District early this afternoon. —VNS