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Vietnamese fishermen on sunken Malaysian ship return home

Update: January, 16/2018 - 14:00
The two Vietnamese fishermen arrive in southern coastal Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu Province on Monday. – VNA/VNS Photo Đoàn Mạnh Dương
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Two Vietnamese fishermen were rescued from a sunken Malaysian fishing vessel and transferred to authorised Vietnamese agencies on Monday.

The fishermen, Huỳnh A Mẹt from the southernmost Cà Mau Province, and Lý Chiến, from Mekong Delta Sóc Trăng Province, were brought back to Việt Nam by a ship of the Maritime Search and Rescue Centre Zone 3.

They were rescued by the ship with the Bahamas flag, MG Neptune, en route to Vũng Tàu City in Việt Nam’s southern coastal province of Bà Rịa-Vũng Tàu last Friday. 

Mẹt and Chiến were among 13 Vietnamese sailors working onboard PAF 4583 of Malaysia, which sank in international waters near Singapore last Thursday.

Eight other Vietnamese sailors were rescued by the ship Asiatic Dawn en route to Malaysia’s Klang Port and one was rescued by the ship Nordlily on its way to Singapore. All the nine sailors are in a stable health condition, according to the Việt Nam Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Centre (VIETNAMMRCC), which received notice from its Singaporean counterpart. 

The VIETNAMMRCC has requested the Singaporean Centre to search for the two remaining fishermen who are still missing. 

The centre said it had been able to contact a sailor named Toàn, who was rescued by the Asiatic Dawn. According to Toàn, the PAF 4583 vessel belongs to a Vietnamese named Nguyễn Văn Hậu, who lives in Malaysia. — VNS

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