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Fishermen rescued after boat sinks off Spratly Islands

Update: June, 17/2015 - 17:34
Fishing boat number QNg 95429, with 32 crew members onboard, sank after it was hit by violent winds and rain at about 3.30am today. — Illustrative image

QUANG NGAI (VNS) — All 32 fishermen, whose boat sank near Viet Nam's Spratly Archipelago, were rescued by 8am today, Quang Ngai's provincial committee for natural disaster management, search and rescue said.

Fishing boat number QNg 95429, with 32 crew members onboard, sank after it was hit by violent winds and rain at about 3.30am today.

A fishing boat nearby, which received the distress signal, quickly came to their rescue and managed to save all 32 fishermen.

Rescue boats from the Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Centre were dispatched to provide medical aid to the fishermen.

Earlier on the same day, fishing boat number Qng 95186-TS, captained by Nguyen Thanh Dau and 32 crew members, was reportedly damaged after it hit rocks near the Da Tay (London) Reef, also in the Spratly Archipelago.

The Viet Nam Border Patrol Force urged other fishing vessels in the area to assist Dau and his crew. — VNS

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