HA NOI (VNS) — The location of three Vietnamese sailors who went missing from a Taiwanese fishing vessel off the coast of the northern Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido was still unknown by midnight yesterday, despite active search efforts by all parties.
Taiwan's ship Hsiang Fur Far reported that on the night of October 8, three Vietnamese crew members jumped into the sea, about 12km out from Hokkaido's Shiraoi Port.
The Japan Coast Guard deployed five ships and two planes to search for the sailors soon after being informed about the case.
Viet Nam's embassy in Japan has been working closely with relevant Japanese agencies to keep track of the situation.
Meanwhile, the Viet Nam economics-culture office in Taipei was contacting the ship owner, who is now in Taiwan's Kaohsiung, to collect additional information. — VNS