QUANG NGAI (VNS) — Search and rescue teams of Quang Ngai Province are seeking a missing fisherman in Ly Son Island as tropical storm Merlo approached the East Sea yesterday.
Vice chairwoman of the district island, Pham Thi Huong told Viet Nam News that two fishermen, Nguyen Van Ba, 43, and his son-in-law Nguyen Van Loc went fishing on a small boat on Tuesday morning and did not return till evening.
"Loc was saved by locals in Duc Pho district, 30kms from Ly Son district. However, his father-in-law is missing, and rescue and search teams are continuing the search," Huong said.
"They were fishing near the coast because their boat was too small and they did not have any communications," she said.
"We banned all vessels from operating on the seas from Tuesday afternoon in anticipation of Merlo's arrival. Some 80 visitors and regular traders had to stay on the island from Tuesday when passenger ships docked at the district port due to big waves and strong winds," she said, and added that they (visitors) stayed at hotels and homes of relatives.
Chairman of Cham Island's People's Committee Nguyen Van An said visitors were also leaving for the mainland from Tuesday afternoon before the ban of vessel operations was imposed in the evening. — VNS