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Three Vietnamese missing in ship fire

Update: January, 12/2012 - 10:02

HA NOI — Three Vietnamese sailors were reported missing from a Republic of Korea (RoK) ship that suffered a fire in waters southeast of New Zealand on Tuesday night.

According to an initial report from the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Rescue Coordination Centre of New Zealand (RCCNZ), of the 23 Vietnamese sailors on board, three were reported missing and four others suffered injuries.

The injured sailors were given medical care and brought to the nearest port in New Zealand.

The Vietnamese Foreign Ministry asked the embassies in NZ and the RoK to work closely with relevant local agencies to take necessary measures to help the Vietnamese seamen.

The RCCNZ yesterday said that it received an SOS from the fishing vessel Jung Woo 2 of the RoK's Sunwoo Corp. The ship, with 40 sailors on board, was ablaze in the Ross sea, about 3,700km southeast of New Zealand. — VNS

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