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Centre rescues stranded seamen

Update: February, 20/2012 - 10:38

DA NANG — The Viet Nam Maritime Search and Rescue Co-ordination Centre rescued 35 seamen from two vessels yesterday after their engines failed in bad weather.

At 8am yesterday, the centre received assistance request signals from a ship whose engines failed 80km off the coast of Da Nang. Ten seamen were on board when wind speeds reached a potentially-dangerous 61kmph. By mid-day, all of the seamen were rescued.

In the pre-dawn hours on Sunday, the centre rescued another 25 seamen from a ship off the coast of Quang Ngai Province after their vessel broke down on Friday.

The National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting said that by 7am today, the centre of a tropical low pressure would be 130km to the north-west of the Truong Sa (Spratly) Archipelago with wind speeds of 62-74kmph.

Central and southern areas of the East Sea and coastal areas from Binh Thuan to Ca Mau provinces could expect heavy showers and strong winds up to 88kmph.

The sea from Quang Tri to Ninh Thuan provinces will experience strong winds of 62-74kmph. — VNS

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