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34 fishermen rescued near Hoàng Sa Island

Update: May, 06/2016 - 11:03
The Regional Maritime Search and Rescue Co-ordination Centre No 2 (MRCC Đà Nẵng) rescued 34 fishermen from a sunken fishing ship off the Hoàng Sa Islands (Paracels) of Việt Nam on Wednesday.— Photo vietnamnet.vn

ĐÀ NẴNG — The Regional Maritime Search and Rescue Co-ordination Centre No 2 (MRCC Đà Nẵng) rescued 34 fishermen from a sunken fishing ship off the Hoàng Sa Islands (Paracels) of Việt Nam on Wednesday.

The crew members from Quảng Nam Province were all healthy and uninjured.

The fishing ship was rammed by an unidentified ship near the island around midnight on Tuesday.

Tân, director of MRCC2, said they asked for help from China MRCC before sending the rescue ship to the sea near the Hoàng Sa Islands.

Most of the crew were on the ship, but several fishermen were fishing on coracles 10 nautical miles away.

Captain Phạm Phú Thành said the ship was hit on the side and flooded with water. The crew had to escape on emergency boats. They called for help from other fishing ships nearby, as well as sending an SOS to the rescue centre. — VNS

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