HÀ NỘI -- Five fishermen, whose boat sank near the Hoàng Sa (Paracel) archipelago on Monday, have been rescued, the owner of the boat Lê Thị Hằng told Dân Trí online newspaper yesterday.
She said a fishing boat in the central Nha Trang Province approached the five Vietnamese fishermen in a coracle at about 10.50pm yesterday.
The fishermen were heated and will be soon moved ashore.
The five fishermen went adrift after their fishing boat, coded KH 96440 TS of Khánh Hòa, sank after colliding with an unidentified ship off Việt Nam’s Hoàng Sa on Monday.
Shortly after being notified about the incident, the consular department sent a diplomatic note to the Chinese Embassy in Hà Nội, and ordered the Vietnamese Embassy in China to immediately inform and coordinate with relevant Chinese agencies to verify the information and search for the fishermen, a representative of the Vietnamese foreign ministry’s consular department said.