|A fishing boar is being towed to shore. Binh Dinh Province alerts fishing boats operating offshore to find a safe place to avoid the incoming typhoon Mujigae. —Photo dantri.com.vn
BINH DINH (VNS) — Search operations are underway to locate 13 fishermen who were reported missing after their fishing boat capsized in a tornado on Sunday night in the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago's waters.
This central coastal province's Rescue and Natural Disaster Prevention Committee reported on Sunday night that the boat, BD 97153-TS, had suffered a breakdown at sea when a tornado struck the area.
The committee is co-ordinating the search with the Coast Guard and border guards in the province. Every effort is being made to contact other fishing boats operating in the area or nearby.
It has been reported that the captain of the missing boat, Nguyen Ngoc Hung, who lives in Hoi Nhon District, Binh Dinh Province, and his crew had tried hard to repair the mechanical fault but had failed.
The missing boat, built to offer 700 horsepower, was running at a speed of 1.5 nautical miles per hour.
At 5pm on Sunday, heavy rains fell on Binh Dinh Province. – VNS