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15 seamen missing after fishing ship sinks

Update: September, 17/2015 - 18:47

BA RIA-VUNG TAU (VNS) — Three of 18 fishermen on a ship were rescued, as of noon today, following an accident yesterday at sea off Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province.

According to authorities, the ship's gas tank exploded at about 3am yesterday when it was some 25 nautical miles from Con Dao Island. All 18 men aboard the ship were forced into the sea.

Vietnam Maritime Search and Rescue Co-ordination Centre (VMRCC) assigned a ship to search for the victims.

The VMRCC is joining with other agencies to search for the remaining 15 crew members. But the weather on the Ba Ria-Vung Tau sea was reported to be poor, with rough seas and wind speeds of 62-74km per hour, creating difficulties in searching for the missing men. — VNS


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