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Rescue work continues in search for missing sailors

Update: December, 07/2015 - 09:18
Bad weather is hindering rescue efforts to save four missing sailors from a fishing boat which capsized two days ago in the sea between Hai Phong City and Quang Ninh Province. — Photo doisongphapluat.vn

THANH HOA (VNS) — Bad weather is hindering rescue efforts to save four missing sailors from a fishing boat which capsized two days ago in the sea between Hai Phong City and Quang Ninh Province.

The boat, captained and owned by Hoang Van Tuyen, 34, capsized at about 4am on Saturday morning due to big waves, throwing all nine members on board at the time into the sea.

Two of the sailors were saved by a foreign freight ship passing by the area while a Vietnamese ship nearby had rescued another three after receiving the SOS call from Hai Phong Coast Station.

Four remain missing so far, including the youngest one Pham Van Tung, 22, together with Pham Van Hai, 47, Nguyen Van Duong, 43 and Bui Van Thuong, 32.

All the ship members come from Hau Loc District in Thanh Hoa Province.

Thanh Hoa's Disaster Prevention and Rescue Office Deputy Chief of Staff, Colonel Hoang Minh Luyen said that the Viet Nam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Centre had deployed five rescue vehicles to look for the missing yet wind and waves were hindering the rescue.

Father-in-law of the captain Tuyen, Dang Van Khoi, told the online newspaper vnexpress that the fishing boat, worth more than VND1.4 billion (US$62,200), was the biggest asset of Tuyen's family and also the only way to support the family's livelihood.

"He (Tuyen) mortgaged his land use right certificate and borrowed lots of money two years ago to buy the boat," said Khoi.

"Then this horrible thing happened and the debts are yet to be paid off. We have lost everything now." — VNS

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