|Two fishermen were rescued from the Gulf of Thailand by a Philippine vessel. – Photo vov.vn|Viet Nam News
BANGKOK — Two Vietnamese fishermen were brought back to the country by air on Friday morning after they fell into the sea and went adrift on the Gulf of Thailand.
The incident took place on March 9, when Danh Tiền, 28, from the southern Kiên Giang Province’s Thạch Yên Commune, and Huỳnh Văn Thanh, 35, from the southernmost Cà Mau Province’s Phú Tân Commune, were fishing offshore, Vietnam News Agency’ correspondent in Bangkok has reported.
The duo fell into the sea but because of strong, noisy waves and darkness, other fishermen did not hear their shouts for help.
At 5pm the next day, a Philippine vessel found the two fishermen adrift on the waters of Thailand holding on to plastic fish tank lids for life. Both were physically exhausted and weak. They were rescued, given first aid and food. On March 12, the vessel arrived at Laem Sabang Port and handed over the two fishermen to the police in Chonburi Province.
Nguyễn Hải Ngọc, first secretary of Việt Nam Embassy in Thailand, coordinated with Laem Sabang Port immigration police to verify the two men’s citizenship and handled procedures to bring them back to Việt Nam. — VNS